How to Deal
How to Deal (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Soap opera for teens.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.

Stephanie Zacharek

Painless to watch, but it's marred by some significant flaws.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exception.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.

Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Fails to acknowledge the real problems teenagers face.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.

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Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide

Will enthral pre-teen chippies with its wholesome, marshmallow-peep-sweet vacuous-ness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Nice little teen movie featuring a younger Mandy Moore. I actually upped my rating half a star after a recent re watch. I can remember when I first bought this… More
Rachel F
Loved it. It was really good and funny.
Red Lats
I guess this is a chick flick, but I enjoyed it. Poor Halley suffers through her parents getting divorced, her best friend getting pregnant, her grandmother… More
Bobby Hobbs
This movies actually pretty funny for a chick-flick. You've got to love the weed smoking grandma in this. Seriously! It's worth a watch.
Jennifer Xu
Uhhhh, Mandy Moore is cute with short hair.
Leigh Ryan