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The Spectacular Now Reviews

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November 27, 2013
But even when the tone gets a bit puritanical in the stretch, director James Ponsoldt's respect for his characters keeps things relatively real and still entertaining. If only more teen dramadies could claim that elusive pairing.
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
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.
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
October 2, 2013
Stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality.
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
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
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
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+
September 12, 2013
The Spectacular Now marks the return of the great coming-of-age movie
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2013
Director James Ponsoldt has a drinking problem. The problem is that he apparently can't stop making movies about drinking.
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
September 6, 2013
The film's utter believability on all fronts is its greatest asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2013
Nothing spectacular, skip it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
August 30, 2013
Ponsoldt has created a coming-of-age movie that won't leave you rolling your eyes.
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
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
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
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