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Based on 42 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 8 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    James Ponsoldt's funny and touching coming-of-age tale covers old ground with disarming freshness. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Original, truthful and moving. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end of childhood. It's easily one of summer's best films. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A movie of uns — unforced, unhurried, unpretentious. Though it's sometimes underdramatized, this story of adolescents on the brink of adulthood is refreshingly, and endearingly, unlike the overheated features that have come to define the genre. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Spectacular Now feels genuine in almost every respect, from the unflashy cinematography and the sparingly deployed music cues to the natural, unhurried performances of its two stars. They will get to you, truly. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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 casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Ordinary in some ways and extraordinary in others, The Spectacular Now benefits from an exceptional feel for its main characters on the parts of the director and lead actors. show more

  • 83
    Jordan Hoffman

    From a distance The Spectacular Now is mere soap opera, but it is one of those films that grow more fascinating upon inspection. show more

  • 100
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is the best American movie of the year so far. show more

  • 100
    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. show more

  • September 24, 2013 roeaton
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    WORST OF THE WORST! Walked out after forty five minutes! A waste of money and time!

  • September 18, 2013 dk00000000165635
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    This reminded me of Lost in Translation (Bill Murray 2003). It was realistic, but NOT entertaining. Now I know why I never went back to MHS reunions.

  • September 13, 2013 resz1987
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    really enjoyed this film...well-acted, realistic. Highly recommended.

  • September 01, 2013 alexanderw
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    Great film

  • August 30, 2013 Hi Nora
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    beautifully acted and moving

  • August 28, 2013 tj00000000162998
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    Excellent - I highly recommend it for all high school kids. Too bad it is R rated.

  • August 18, 2013 wk00000000162134
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    Spectacular. Truly. I had no expectations when walking into the theater and walked out amazed.

  • July 26, 2013 tc00000000102380
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    ..See .This Movie online at T H E A T E R 1 5 . C 0 M

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