The Spectacular Now
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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 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). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth - one that doesn't look for tidy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"[A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now is one of the uncommon pieces of teen cinema that rings true."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The key to The Spectacular Now's success is in its insight, empathy, and fantastic performances."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"This seems like a good moviemaking lesson for contrivance-addicts: Naturalism works if you work it."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The film is engrossing all the way through, the sweetest, saddest, most humane movie I've seen all year."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Far superior to most teen films, Weber and Neustadter's irreverent and unpredictable writing repeatedly upturns the clichés of the genre."
‑ Andrew Moraitis, FILMINK (Australia)
"Another whimsical romantic romp from the folks who brought you (500) Days of Summer."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"Teller and Woodley hum together, and the movie does their performances justice."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Its straight-forward execution allows for lovely emotional complications."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"the lessons its measures out and the means it uses to explain them create one of the best, most compelling cases for growing up ever put on film."
‑ Bill Gibron, Film Racket
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