How to Deal
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Teen pop star Mandy Moore stars in the romantic comedy How to Deal. Directed by British filmmaker Clare Kilner, the script is based on two of author Sarah Dessen's popular teen novels: Someone Like You and That Summer. Halley (Moore) is a teenager trying to make sense of the faltering romantic relationships within her immediate social sphere. Her mother, Lydia (Allison Janney), can't seem get a date, while her father (Peter Gallagher) is getting remarried to a woman that nobody seems to like. Halley's wedding-obsessed sister, Ashley (Mary Catherine Garrison), is engaged to Lewis… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Painless to watch, but it's marred by some significant flaws."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"[T]his is a movie that teenage girls -- and nearly no one else -- should enjoy."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"How To Deal eventually folds because it stacks its deck against a true belief in the possibility of love. . ."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exception."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Fails to acknowledge the real problems teenagers face."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"In delivering its message of teen perseverence, How to Deal piles on "issues" without finding a reasonable connective narrative."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Would probably hold a special place in my heart regardless, due to the fact that it portrays a Star Wars geek as actually desirable, but this is a good movie by any standard."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"After a while the bad lighting, graceless editing, sluggish dialogue and self-conscious performances begin to seem like marks of authenticity, as if the movie had been made not just for and about teenagers, but by them."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Will enthral pre-teen chippies with its wholesome, marshmallow-peep-sweet vacuous-ness."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"Overcrowded with characters and subplots, the film gives short shrift to the parts that should matter."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"How to Deal is about dealing, I guess; I mean, that's what the title says after all."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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