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75
The movie turns lighter and less morose as it rolls along, which is good for viewers who prefer a bit of honey to offset the bitter taste of hormones.
75
Has more charm and wit than most of its J.D. Salinger-inspired cousins in the same genre, and is undeniably engaging.
63
Pleasant and well-acted and easy to watch.
63
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
63
Yet notwithstanding its derivative dolefulness and PG-13 timidity, The Art of Getting By is smart and sweet enough to become the favorite film of some Midwestern adolescent who wrongly believes he's already seen the dark side.
50
The glibness of Wiesen's freshman effort wouldn't be a problem if the wit was there.
45
I found myself forgetting The Art of Getting By as it unfolded, as though the Looney Tunes art department were two steps behind the characters, rolling up the scenery like so much carpeting.
40
There's just not enough going on behind actor Freddie Highmore's eyes to convince us this kid's existential angst is real.
38
There's no sense of perspective here.
33
Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
30
Unformed protagonists don't come more wallowingly irritating and contradictory than George.
20
Well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie.

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