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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Original, truthful and moving.
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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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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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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By Nicknb
Two emotionally needy High School teenagers from highly dysfunctional families meet and fall in love while drenching their brains in booze. The end leads us to believe they may take a better path,...

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...

Sweet Young Love Story

By pedsarq
This is the story of a very troubled young man who drinks alcohol like a much older alcoholic. He has many redeeming qualities, which made me care about his fate despite his many reckless maneuvers...

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 maryb5
I enjoyed the movie, but I felt I was left hanging at the end of the movie. Did he go to the college to apologize? Was he starting school at the same college? Why didn't anyone help him with his...

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...

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...

The Spectacular Now

By moorefun
This is a well-acted and well-cast movie, dealing with real teenage issues. I would not recommend it for anyone less than 14 since there is a lot of drinking and a pretty sensual sex scene (no body...

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...

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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 Poignant teen drama doesn't shy away from alcohol or sex.
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