• Studio: A24
  • Release Date: Aug 2, 2013
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    Has an honesty few movies seek or achieve these days.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 9, 2013
    100
    Here is the best American movie of the year so far.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 8, 2013
    100
    Original, truthful and moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 2, 2013
    100
    What an affecting film this is. It respects its characters and doesn't use them for its own shabby purposes. How deeply we care about them.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 1, 2013
    100
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 1, 2013
    100
    The focus in James Ponsoldt’s affecting, intelligent drama is a pair of teenagers, and in them is so much complexity and heart that this casually paced gem feels rich in scope. They’re two of the most carefully created figures on screen this year, and yet their normalness takes us by surprise.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 25, 2013
    91
    As a wisely devised teenage drama, The Spectacular Now treats kids and adults respectfully, even their foolish weaknesses. That respect extends to the audience.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 31, 2013
    91
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 8, 2013
    90
    James Ponsoldt’s film, and its stars, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, continually take us in unexpected directions, giving the film an unexpected depth. It feels real, its emotions earned.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 1, 2013
    90
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 1, 2013
    90
    Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, as high school seniors Sutter and Aimee, bring such an authentic face of confidence and questioning, indifference and need, pain and denial, friendship and first love, that it will take you back to that time if you're no longer there, and light a path if you are.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 30, 2013
    90
    Director James Ponsoldt gives us long, loose, single-shot courtship scenes, each a marvel of staging and performance.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 28, 2013
    90
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 15, 2013
    88
    A cleareyed, disarmingly tender adolescent romance that bears comparison with the best of its genre.
  15. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 2, 2013
    88
    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.
  16. 88
    Witty, warm and wistful and in just the right proportions, Spectacular is the best-acted film of the summer.
  17. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 22, 2013
    83
    Social critique isn't the main concern of director James Ponsoldt ("Smashed"). What he does is take us inside an unexpected, but not unrealistic, high school relationship and provide a splendid stage for two young and very promising actors.
  18. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 31, 2013
    83
    Anchored by a funny and especially credible performance by newcomer Miles Teller, Ponsoldt's follow up to his alcoholism portrait "Smashed" has all the hallmarks of a bittersweet teen drama with flashes of realistic comedy on par with "Say Anything" and "The Breakfast Club."
  19. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 31, 2013
    83
    From a distance The Spectacular Now is mere soap opera, but it is one of those films that grow more fascinating upon inspection.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    The Spectacular Now is everything its name implies. Miles Teller does a fine job playing a smooth-talking popular high school senior whoThe Spectacular Now is everything its name implies. Miles Teller does a fine job playing a smooth-talking popular high school senior who relishes only on the "now", but I think that it was Sheilene Woodley's amazing performance that did it for me. You can see the hurt inside of these two generally happy people and you witness the vices of the lead character that emanates to the most important people in his life. Definitely one of the summer's best films. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2013
    10
    What a Great Movie. It is about young people learning some of the hard truths in life. It is a movie that is hard to forget. The acting isWhat a Great Movie. It is about young people learning some of the hard truths in life. It is a movie that is hard to forget. The acting is superb. The movie is realistic of life of high schoolers. Wonderful film. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2013
    2
    The leading actress was so exceptional in Descendants plus overall reviews for this movie were very good, we had high hopes going in. ThereThe leading actress was so exceptional in Descendants plus overall reviews for this movie were very good, we had high hopes going in. There was pretty good character development but it starts out with the stereotypical troubled teens/romance type plot we've all seen a million times so naturally we expected there must be some new twist to make this good. Sadly the unusual or creative twist never came so we thought well then it must have an incredible ending, yet there too we were very disappointed. There's nothing new or interesting here folks so I recommend you stay away and save your money. Full Review »