The Spectacular Now Reviews

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August 28, 2019
The movie wasn't smart enough to deal with the interesting protagonists it started with, and so it reverted to trope.
August 27, 2019
The most startling thing about The Spectacular Now is that people seem to like it.
July 30, 2019
The Spectacular Now will get under your skin and stay there.
April 9, 2019
This film is pretty spectacular, a beautiful portrait of young love that feels authentic and is totally engaging.
November 30, 2018
The visionaries behind this film set their sights high, and I do believe they've achieved their goals.
November 30, 2018
Only the opening conceit of a college essay Sutter needs to write reminds that what you're watching is a movie rather than a fleeting sense memory. Thankfully, it exists in more tangible form to be watched and rewatched.
November 6, 2018
I really liked this film. It's not an '80s teen comedy by any stretch. It is, however, a moving story of a boy trying to become a man, in spite of himself.
August 30, 2018
The nice girl love interest who wakes him up after one drunken night isn't given much personality other than a cursory interest in anime.
August 28, 2018
Honest, smart and ugly in turns, it's a coming-of-age story on a wonderfully realistic scale, unaffected and perfectly cast.
April 11, 2018
A beautiful rarity of a coming-of-age story.
July 13, 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.
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.
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.
August 18, 2014
James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now is one of the uncommon pieces of teen cinema that rings true.
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.
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.
February 7, 2014
Far superior to most teen films, Weber and Neustadter's irreverent and unpredictable writing repeatedly upturns the clichés of the genre.
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