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The Spectacular Now Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 13, 2013
What you thought would be a generic high-school romance turns into an edgy character drama with dark, uncompromising undertones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jared Eisenstat
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
[Ponsoldt] enjoys playing with our expectations by following conventions, luring us into the sense that we know what's coming, and then swerving just a little off-road for a detour.
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
The film deals believably and honestly with teen anxieties about the future, while also exploring the familial impact of addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 2, 2013
Stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 28, 2013
One of the best modern coming-of-age tales, told with depth and, more importantly, wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
September 25, 2013
Teller and Woodley are good but it is Kyle Chandler who really shines in this young love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike Scott
September 20, 2013
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are, well, spectacular in the lead roles, helping to elevate what could easily have been a standard coming-of-age drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 13, 2013
There's an element so relevant to the credibility of the story that the script avoids completely and it's shocking this fundamental defect isn't provoking more contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Davis
September 12, 2013
The Spectacular Now marks the return of the great coming-of-age movie
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
September 12, 2013
Director James Ponsoldt has a drinking problem. The problem is that he apparently can't stop making movies about drinking.
Michael A. Smith
September 7, 2013
And credit the filmmakers for not dramatizing the fateful "first time." In so many films it's portrayed as serious and painful, almost like a punishment. Here it is shown the way I remember it...nervous banter and a lot of giggling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Serba
September 6, 2013
The film's utter believability on all fronts is its greatest asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 5, 2013
Nothing spectacular, skip it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 4, 2013
Teller and Woodley make lasting impressions in this bittersweet, unassuming little summer gem, a movie that's "spectacular" in own simple way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 1, 2013
Both Teller and Woodley are engaging actors who put forth their character's struggles with tremendous conviction and guile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
August 30, 2013
Ponsoldt has created a coming-of-age movie that won't leave you rolling your eyes.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2013
Maybe I'm missing something, but I found The Spectacular Now a good bit shy of spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Silver
August 26, 2013
Packages a couple of great performances and superior atmosphere into one of the best films of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 26, 2013
Unfortunately, an odd paradox emerges. The more we learn about Aimee -- the more she is presented in depth, as a complicated character -- the more she is revealed to be, in fact, just a prop for Sutter's rehabilitation and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2013
Together, Teller and Woodley have a chemistry that Hollywood would bottle if it could.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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