• Released
  • August 2, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 35 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 686 Fan Ratings
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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Critic Ratings

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100

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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So good!

By alexisv97
Great movie. Must watch!...

Yes !

By kekejunkmail
Great story, smooth pace & fresh dialogue. I imagine the book is even better! Nice Saturday afternoon type of movie...

More Info

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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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF