The Spectacular Now

2013

The Spectacular Now

Critics Consensus

The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.

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Total Count: 161

76%

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User Ratings: 38,418
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With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth - one that doesn't look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (c) a24 Films

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Critic Reviews for The Spectacular Now

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41)

  • [A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, directed with delicate restraint by James Ponsoldt, sneaks up on you. It makes you laugh, then it breaks your heart.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre.

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • By the end of The Spectacular Now, you're not quite ready to let these characters go.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Spectacular Now

  • Jul 04, 2016
    An emotional story of the journey through The end of adolescence into adulthood. Miles Teller plays his character of Sutter, a free spirit with no care in the world to perfection. Shailene Woodley is also great as his rebound after a breakup who Sutter eventually falls for.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Teller and Woodley are excellent and have an impressive chemistry together in this sincere coming-of-age drama that feels more real and mature than most films alike, and it even ventures into a surprisingly bleak territory without the need to go for clichés and contrivances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2015
    A popular boy befriends and loves a mawkish girl, but will his demons and the pains of adolescence spoil their burgeoning love? The first act of this film is so drenched in cliche that it's difficult to take the rest of the film seriously. But it should be taken seriously because parts of it are really good, carried by a passable performance by Miles Teller and a strong supporting turn by Shailene Woodley. The film's carpe diem message is muddled though, and the film doesn't take any real risks. For example, the scene by the car after Sutter meets his estranged father should have greater consequences than it does (that's an abstrusely constructed sentence to avoid spoilers). Overall, now, it's not all that spectacular.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2014
    Run-of-the-mill rom-com.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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