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 23, 2013
[A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film.
August 23, 2013
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.
August 23, 2013
Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice.
August 22, 2013
This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
August 16, 2013
So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it.
August 16, 2013
By the end of The Spectacular Now, you're not quite ready to let these characters go.
August 15, 2013
James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" hits on something few movies do: an honest, believable depiction of teenagers, in love and out.
August 15, 2013
A cleareyed, disarmingly tender teenage romance that bears comparison with the best of its genre, both old ("Say Anything") and new ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
August 15, 2013
The Spectacular Now captures the exhilaration and confusion, longing and dread of young romance with raw honesty and insight. Nothing rings false, nothing feels "cute."
August 15, 2013
It's rare hybrid: a movie that can find an audience among both adults and teens.
August 12, 2013
In The Spectacular Now, the high school seniors look and talk like actual high school seniors.
August 8, 2013
The Spectacular Now is zesty, funny, sad, and wise beyond its characters' years.
August 8, 2013
The movie captures the raw excitement and heartbreak of adolescence so completely that it manages to replace a seen-it-all jaded heart with the butterflies that accompany fresh experiences.
August 8, 2013
It feels real, its emotions earned. It shies away from the Big Dramatic Moment for the most part, instead doling out little victories and small defeats, which is similar to the way most of us experienced our teen years.
August 8, 2013
Fairly close to great, a lovely movie about young people that is in no way a formula picture. Original, truthful and moving: It's not about the phenomenon of being young, but about the particular characters, who are as specific and vivid as actual people.
August 8, 2013
Woodley is genuinely wonderful in it. And Teller's right behind her.
August 2, 2013
James Ponsoldt, who directed from a script by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, is a bit too glib to do justice to this material, but the young actors, especially Woodley, are quite fine.
August 2, 2013
The two leads, Miles Teller's Sutter Keely and Shailene Woodley's Aimee Finicky are so well drawn and believably portrayed that it's impossible not to accept them as real.
August 2, 2013
Here is a lovely film about two high school seniors who look, speak and feel like real 18-year-old middle-American human beings. Do you have any idea how rare that is?
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