The Art of Getting By Synopsis
A disaffected teenager (Freddie Highmore) meets a kindred spirit (Emma Roberts).
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The movie turns lighter and less morose as it rolls along, which is good for viewers who prefer a bit of honey to offset the bitter taste...
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Has more charm and wit than most of its J.D. Salinger-inspired cousins in the same genre, and is undeniably engaging.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Yet notwithstanding its derivative dolefulness and PG-13 timidity, The Art of Getting By is smart and sweet enough to become the favorite...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Pleasant and well-acted and easy to watch.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
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By Michelle Orange
I found myself forgetting The Art of Getting By as it unfolded, as though the Looney Tunes art department were two steps behind the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

There's just not enough going on behind actor Freddie Highmore's eyes to convince us this kid's existential angst is real.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie.
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A mom and 3 teenage girls

By TLC_28
I took my 13 year old and her 2 friends. They Loved it because it was the relationship between George and Sally was funny and the story between them was interesting. I thought it was a cute little...

The Critics are wrong.

By Prestly
I read the reviews beforehand and they were pretty harsh. Watching the movie by myself, I found as a teenager with a romantic side, this movie was aboslutley amazing. It's pretty true to high school...


By Koali
I recommend it. Highmore is sensitive enough to read his face. Good music score - not rap but you can give it a try.. Sometimes kids need to be pushed - and college is important. Movie was made...

Students fail chemistry class

By RandytheMovieFan
An intriguing start that eventually faded into cliches, even the semi-obligatory musical interlude. Not a problem if the two leads have good chemistry, but that was really lacking in this movie. ...

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a-freakin- mazing!!

By paris32
I loved this movie!! It is must see for all!!...

By bebell108

Great movie

By jeremiahstingl
I loved it. Inspiring, yet very real to life....

nice story

By the_movie_mogul
This film could do with a little financial backing in the publicity department. A contemporary film that does a terrific job of chronicling the adolescent journey through a fresh perspective....

A pleasent suprise

By movie_mavin
Usually not my kind of movie but I was interested because I liked the cast. If you appreciate a movie with good acting and unpredictible story line you will like this movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Inconsistent coming-of-age film includes teen drinking.
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