How to Deal

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Moore makes Halley's awakening organic and touching. In an age when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in postmodern consumer glitz, her movies seem radical not just in their retro squareness but in their unfashionable embrace of faith over ironic flippancy.
  2. 75
    This is a movie whose title promises to show teenage viewers how to cope with the messed-up, grown-up world they are entering, not how to make it perfect -- or even how to make sense of it.
  3. There's pleasure to be had in a film that suggests teen life can be hard without necessarily being tragic.
  4. 70
    There's a surprising intelligence and gravity working beneath its bubbly surface, informed by an unusual degree of empathy for its adolescent audience and a rare willingness to confront the darker regions of youth experience.
  5. 70
    Janney's role is smaller than Moore's, but it's hardly insignificant. Moore has youth on her side, and youth is timelessly appealing. But Janney is the bigger, more memorable presence, and she's much more fun to watch.
  6. Isn't that good. But Moore is.
  7. Reviewed by: Alexis Mersel
    63
    The handful of comic moments will serve up a few good laughs.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. LindzR.
    Apr 21, 2004
    10
    LOVED IT.