User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41

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  1. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    I don't think that the movie is bad, I think that the critics don't understand the movie, because is fantastic, have some cool and funny moments, The Art of Getting By have great performances, and the movie is good.
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 22, 2011
    33
    Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 18, 2011
    60
    Thanks to Highmore's performance, George is worth sticking around for - and thanks almost exclusively to Highmore and Roberts, so is The Art of Getting By.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 17, 2011
    38
    Right off the bat, things start falling apart for Wiesen's film. While Highmore is more than capable of playing smart and tender, he has yet to figure out how to believably portray so much as a shred of the danger or rebelliousness required for this role.