The Art of Getting By
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The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting By stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts - Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit. -- (C) Fox Searchlight
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"The vapidity of The Art of Getting By goes beyond the anthill-sized dramatic stakes. The dialogue, while occasionally epigrammatic, is tone-deaf to individual speech rhythms."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"For anyone not in a similar state of age-related solipsism - i.e., anyone outside the 16- to 25-year-old age bracket - this is more than a little annoying."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Excellent performances by Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts make this one an enjoyable watch."
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"This film tries to be a rallying cry for the disenfranchised youth of today. Not being a disenfranchised youth of today, it was mostly lost on me."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's a glib, smug movie, its smart, upper-middle-class Manhattan attractively photographed, and George's problems are painlessly solved."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The Art of Getting By wants to be sweet and insightful, but ends up scattered and slight."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There are several lessons to be learned in "The Art of Getting By," though all arrive too late to save this well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Gets by. Barely."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"None of this first feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen rings true, and most of it is preposterous and self-conscious."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"How much you enjoy The Art of Getting By will probably rest on whether you'd like to give its loafer hero a hug or a slap."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A dull yet extremely self-important drama about rich, badly parented kids who feel sorry for themselves."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Though Highmore and Roberts are appealing performers, Wiesen never gives us much reason to care about them."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An easygoing film that's not as quirky as it wants to be and does just enough to make you glad you watched."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more Úlan."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"Even by the standards of mopey teen rebels, this one really is a dreadful little prat."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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