The Art of Getting By The Catcher in the Rye 's disaffected, NYC-bred prep-school antihero Holden Caulfield would not go easy on this derivative indie drama in which Charlie and… The Art of Getting By The Catcher in the Rye 's disaffected, NYC-bred prep-school antihero Holden Caulfield would not go easy on this derivative indie drama in which Charlie and… 2011-06-17 PT84M PG-13 Romance Freddie Highmore Emma Roberts Michael Angarano Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

The Art of Getting By (2011)

KINDRED SPIRIT Freddie Highmore in The Art of Getting By
KINDRED SPIRIT Freddie Highmore in The Art of Getting By
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Jun 17, 2011; Length: 84 Minutes; Genres: PG-13, Romance; With: Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Catcher in the Rye's disaffected, NYC-bred prep-school antihero Holden Caulfield would not go easy on this 
derivative indie drama in which Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Freddie Highmore takes the Holden part and Scream 4's Emma Roberts pretend-acts the as if role of the cool girl who befriends him. Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth. A mysteriously glossy supporting cast including Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood play similarly one-
dimensional characters. The real New York City looks pretty, though. D+

Originally posted Jun 15, 2011 Published in issue #1160 Jun 24, 2011 Order article reprints