The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now (2013)

With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

[A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now is one of the uncommon pieces of teen cinema that rings true.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

This adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel, directed with delicate restraint by James Ponsoldt, sneaks up on you. It makes you laugh, then it breaks your heart.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is engrossing all the way through, the sweetest, saddest, most humane movie I've seen all year.

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Richard Haridy

Every time the film teeters on the precipice of a generic plot point it satisfyingly withdraws into more subtle and nuanced territory that ultimately coalesces in a final act that is sentimental without being sugary.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it.

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Ray Pride

t's a coming-of-age-slash-first-love story, with beguiling leads, a frank, bittersweet script, a lived-in, rustic setting (the outskirts of Athens, Georgia), an intense awareness of class difference and a mood that's all its own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Run-of-the-mill rom-com.
Josh Lewis
This is not your typical teen coming of age movie. It's smart, has good acting, and a solid story to back everything up.The only thing I didn't like… More
Nicki Marie
Pretty dull movie. Honestly nearly switched it off 25 minutes in, I was so bored. But then read some spoilers, and it seemed it might have a little more to it,… More
This one starred three of my favorite rising star's. Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. These three performers have it all when it comes to… More
Everett Johnson
Somehow last year this fell under my radar. I had every intention of watching it, but never found the time and just kept over looking it. When we got a copy… More
jay nixon
Why should the audience care about this jerk of a main character? Slow moving to the point of boredom with a thoroughly detestable person at its core. The only… More