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July 12, 2017
Just when you want the movie to take a daring leap, it steps back from the ledge and starts resembling too many others you've seen about addiction.
March 16, 2017
The Spectacular Now works because it insists on allowing these actors and characters to pull you in with their alarming emotional candor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 12, 2016
Plenty of movies about teens are released every summer, but very few successfully capture what it is really like to be on the brink of adulthood. The Spectacular Now... is one of the few that does, and it does it, well, spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2016
There are scenes, moments, and dialogue in this film that ring so true that it all comes rushing back, a flood of memories and emotions and a little bit of pain.
April 17, 2016
An unusually evasive piece of filmmaking - hard to pin down, but all the more worthwhile for its craftiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 18, 2014
James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now is one of the uncommon pieces of teen cinema that rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 14, 2014
Every time the film teeters on the precipice of a generic plot point it satisfyingly withdraws into more subtle and nuanced territory that ultimately coalesces in a final act that is sentimental without being sugary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2014
t's a coming-of-age-slash-first-love story, with beguiling leads, a frank, bittersweet script, a lived-in, rustic setting (the outskirts of Athens, Georgia), an intense awareness of class difference and a mood that's all its own.
February 20, 2014
The key to The Spectacular Now's success is in its insight, empathy, and fantastic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 7, 2014
Far superior to most teen films, Weber and Neustadter's irreverent and unpredictable writing repeatedly upturns the clichés of the genre.
February 6, 2014
Its straight-forward execution allows for lovely emotional complications.
February 4, 2014
This seems like a good moviemaking lesson for contrivance-addicts: Naturalism works if you work it.
January 19, 2014
Another whimsical romantic romp from the folks who brought you (500) Days of Summer.
| Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2014
the lessons its measures out and the means it uses to explain them create one of the best, most compelling cases for growing up ever put on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2014
In James Ponsoldt's new film The Spectacular Now, issues of delinquency, alcoholism, and the peer pressures associated with being a common teenager are explored with such depth and uncharacteristic honesty...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 10, 2014
Succeeds in pinpointing that part of us that is terrified to grow up, and examines the inherent fear of what we'll grow in to.
January 8, 2014
Both actors have contrasting acting styles but still find common emotional footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 24, 2013
An honest and powerful look at teenagers who look and act like real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
December 12, 2013
The Spectacular Now definitely IS that genuine and refreshing take on the cool-guy-falls-in-love-with-the-dorky-girl story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 11, 2013
This low-budget production is all about the performances, with Kyle Chandler turning up late in the piece as Sutter's father, Smashed's Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his slightly snobby sister and a cool supporting cast of appealing young 'uns.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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