The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting By (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 17, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sitcom-level twee mess that bakes in the typical manic pixie dream girl and boring, withdrawn boy hero.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Pathetic. Nothing but an over-privileged filmmaker mining his prep school diaries for narcissistic roleplay.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The Art of Getting By wants to be sweet and insightful, but ends up scattered and slight.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily 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.

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

Excellent performances by Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts make this one an enjoyable watch.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A dull yet extremely self-important drama about rich, badly parented kids who feel sorry for themselves.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Though Highmore and Roberts are appealing performers, Wiesen never gives us much reason to care about them.

Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Gets by. Barely.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"The Art of Getting By" stars Freddie Highmore in the leading role as a very smart loner becomes entangled with his high school crush and begins to… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Simple but quite sweet romantic movie about teenage crush.. Freddie Highmore getting bigger and older even though his face is still stay young as his famous… More
Conner Rainwater
I'm sure a lot of people could care less about this movie and its characters, but I really had a great connection with it. I think it has a lot to say and… More
Nicki Marie
Moves very slowly and is not as quirky as 500 days of Summer or Juno (both these movies are mentioned on the cover), but if not compared to either is nice… More
Michael S
There's a good film buried somewhere within the poor writing and editing of The Art of Getting By's 80 minute running time, but this isn't it.… More
Cynthia S.
Mildly sweet movie. Slow, but not boring. Nice, heartwarming favorite kind.