The Half of It Reviews

May 8, 2020
If The Half of It lacks the pizzazz and energy of similar Netflix fare, and doesn't have much to say beyond its initial setup, it at least takes a stab at doing something different.
May 7, 2020
An endearing teen romance that handles sexual orientation with a light touch.
May 1, 2020
It's a charming, light comedy that goes down easy.
May 1, 2020
By telling a personal tale inspired by elements of her own young life, Wu achieves both singularity and universality. And it helps a great deal that the actress functioning as her stand-in has such a smart and compelling screen presence.
May 1, 2020
Too much of "The Half of It" doesn't pass the smell test to play as the heartsore farce it aspires to be, even as the emotions at the movie's core ring loud and true.
May 1, 2020
It's so tenderhearted and transporting, its characters so likable, that you can't help but want to give the movie and everyone in it a big hug.
May 1, 2020
By exploring issues of race and queerness with emotional complexity, it treats teenagers with the sophistication they deserve.
May 1, 2020
Smart, charming and endlessly refreshing.
April 30, 2020
A prickly-tender film about teenage friendship, first love and all the blurry gradations in between. It's sweet and funny, but also, in places, as raw as a scraped knee.
April 30, 2020
Wu is confident enough to make the bold strokes her characters speak of and craft a movie that's comfortably different.
April 30, 2020
Alice Wu's sweetly subversive YA romcom about a closeted Chinese-American girl searching for love and finding a healing friendship is an exuberant gift of a movie that is just the tonic we need in these troubled times.
April 30, 2020
A strong, warm-hearted and quietly progressive addition to the expanding Netflix teen movie pack which treats its target audience with the respect they deserve.
April 30, 2020
This breezy, self-aware and utterly adorable coming-of-age tale keeps one eye on literary and cinematic classics, and the other firmly on a future full of exploration, self-expression and buoyant expectation.
April 29, 2020
Although the marketing for the new film - from its sunny poster to its aw-shucks trailer - tries to position it as zippy, even disposable fun, Alice Wu's work is admirably rougher, in ways good and bad, than the rest of the streaming giant's YA clan.
April 29, 2020
It's no wonder the film so effortlessly folds highbrow aims into an accessible coming of age story - writer/director Alice Wu knows her stuff.
April 29, 2020
There's an earnest emotional maturity that carries the film along as it builds to an ending that's cathartic without being simplistic.
April 29, 2020
Wu's unique take on teen angst hints at what else we've been missing by allowing studios to limit who can tell such stories.
April 29, 2020
It's refreshing to see a film that not only spotlights a queer Asian American woman but also treats her with such respect and tenderness.
April 29, 2020
Thoughtful and brilliant.