The Art of Getting By

What it's about:

The Art of Getting By stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts - Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognises in him a kindred spirit.

What the critics thought:

"You'll feel like swatting Freddie Highmore with a rolled-up newspaper the size of a railway carriage while watching this supremely annoying film, a teen drama populated by vulnerable indie moppets."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


"The insipid quality of the writing strands both characters in narrative limbo; trapped in the airtight mold of their coming-of-age avatars, they release no light and they take none in."
- Michelle Orange, Movieline


"The players are not so much teens as miniature adults, dissecting their own natures with insightfulness that typically comes through decades of reflection, if it comes at all."
- David Germain, Associated Press
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