Spectacular Now, The

Lists: Drama, A24 Films

Brief Synopsis: "Sutter Keely lives in the now. It’s a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other."

Overall Ranking: 515 (Rank from 2013: # 19)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 43.75%
Half-Popped 6.25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Andrew Crump of Go, See, Talk!97(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Bryan Lienesch93 - 'The Spectacular Now' is not a coming-of-age tale. No, it is THE coming-of-age tale. No film to date has so perfectly captured the excitement and confusion of one's teenage years. And it is a bold proclamation that Miles Teller has arrived.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 6
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 6
Lisa Marie Bowman90 - The Spectacular Now is a Say Anything for my generation.
(full review)
Angry Vader88(full review)
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Minnesota Man85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 6
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread82(full review)Comedy: 5
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 3
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Dave Examines Movies80(full review)
Entertainment Blur Rob78(full review)
Patrick Devitt70
David Baruffi52(full review)

People Involved

  • Miles Teller (Sutter Keely)
  • Shailene Woodley (Aimee Finicky)
  • Brie Larson (Cassidy)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Sutters Mother)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Holly Keely)
  • Kyle Chandler (Sutters Father)
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Krystal)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Store Manager)
  • Andre Royo ()
  • Dayo Okeniyi (Marcus)
  • E. Roger Mitchell (Doctor)
  • Masam Holden (Ricky)
  • Nicci Faires (Tara)
  • Gary Weeks (Joe)
  • Christian Higgins (High School Student)
  • James Ponsoldt (Director)