Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Spectacular Now Reviews

5.0

82

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end of childhood. It's easily one of summer's best films.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    Here is the best American movie of the year so far.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    The Spectacular Now doesn't shrink from being an all-out teen movie (it has hookups and a senior prom). Yet it's one of the rare truly soulful and authentic teen movies. It's about the experience of being caught on the cusp and not knowing which way you'll land.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAlan Scherstuhl

    Director James Ponsoldt gives us long, loose, single-shot courtship scenes, each a marvel of staging and performance.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    VarietyRob Nelson

    Skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's novel, evocatively lensed in the working-class neighborhoods of Athens, Ga., and tenderly acted by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, this bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    A movie of uns — unforced, unhurried, unpretentious. Though it's sometimes underdramatized, this story of adolescents on the brink of adulthood is refreshingly, and endearingly, unlike the overheated features that have come to define the genre.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    The Spectacular Now's DNA contains elements of the John Hughes teen dramadies of the '80s. There's also a little Cameron Crowe - in fact, replace the soundtrack with something more dynamic and it might be easy to mistake this with a Crowe film.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New YorkerDavid Denby

    The Spectacular Now goes a little soft at the end, but most of it has the melancholy sense of life just passing by — until, that is, someone has the courage to grab it and make it take some meaning and form.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    Ordinary in some ways and extraordinary in others, The Spectacular Now benefits from an exceptional feel for its main characters on the parts of the director and lead actors.

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