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: August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
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93%
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76%

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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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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

There are scenes, moments, and dialogue in this film that ring so true that it all comes rushing back, a flood of memories and emotions and a little bit of pain.

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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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J. Olson
Cinemixtape

An unusually evasive piece of filmmaking - hard to pin down, but all the more worthwhile for its craftiness.

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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.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Teller and Woodley are excellent and have an impressive chemistry together in this sincere coming-of-age drama that feels more real and mature than most films… More
familiar stranger
Run-of-the-mill rom-com.
Spencer S.
The story of the misunderstood teenage boy has been done to death. There have been after-school specials, movies, television shows, plays, and shadow puppet… 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
Jim Hunter
A popular boy befriends and loves a mawkish girl, but will his demons and the pains of adolescence spoil their burgeoning love? The first act of this film is so… 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