The Spectacular Now Synopsis
This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley).
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Original, truthful and moving.
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100

RogerEbert.com

By Roger Ebert
What an affecting film this is. It respects its characters and doesn't use them for its own shabby purposes. How deeply we care about them.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Here is the best American movie of the year so far.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Spectacular Now doesn't shrink from being an all-out teen movie (it has hookups and a senior prom). Yet it's one of the rare truly...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A movie of uns — unforced, unhurried, unpretentious. Though it's sometimes underdramatized, this story of adolescents on the brink of...
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Director James Ponsoldt gives us long, loose, single-shot courtship scenes, each a marvel of staging and performance.
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90

Variety

By Rob Nelson
Skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's novel, evocatively lensed in the working-class neighborhoods of Athens, Ga., and tenderly acted by...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Spectacular Now's DNA contains elements of the John Hughes teen dramadies of the '80s. There's also a little Cameron Crowe - in fact,...
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The Spectacular Now

By tnulady
This movie is a good wake up call to teenagers who are living in the NOW and don't have a clue as to how they will progress into the future. It's great to know that the ordinary smart girl got a...

GREAT Movie!! Don't miss this one.

By lizard in Arlington
I new nothing about this moving before going to see it. It was truly one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The actors were brilliant and the story line could relate to almost anyone, or...

all timer

By godstevies
This one is for the ages. Enough of the Notebook already (albeit a great one). This is why we go to the movies and why we take movies seriously. All heart forever....

the spectacular now

By jamescfoster
the movie's plot was not compelling. the story was sophomoric and tedious. the lead character was not relatable, and therefore the message of this movie was lost....

Blame It on the Alcohol

By dolph1n18
In general, the movie is a film festival, small budget film that is nothing like the trailer we’ve seen … not in tone. It is not the upbeat film with that catchy tune. In the trailer, the film is...

scratching the surface

By n2movies2u
The story was a mixed bag. On one level, looking at how the high school extrovert life-of-the-party and the introvert, sensitive-girl get together, is very engaging. On another level, once the story...

It really is something

By unwritten94
This movie is for anyone who feels lost. Because there will come a realization that there's always hope and that is how this movie will leave you feeling. I am not saying this was the best film I...

Honest and Relatable

By FDenlinger
This movie had good and relatable characters. They weren't all ripped like a Hemworth brother and coiffed like supermodels. They were everyday people who lived everyday lives. It was a sweet and...

Spectacular Indeed!

By bubblechewsue
I wish all the movies nowadays were more like this one. That title serves it right, this movie was absolutely spectacular! I want to watch it over and over again and I'm pretty sure I'll never be...

The Spectacular NOW

By jadegoodlow
I LOVED it! Every young person in love for the first time should see this movie. I didn't like that at Sutter's age he was drinking as much as he was, but a good message to send out to teens today...

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Rated R | For Language, alcohol use and some sexuality - all involving teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Poignant teen drama doesn't shy away from alcohol or sex.
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