Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "The Art of Getting By is a pretty good first impression from newcomer director Gavin Wiesen. He’s crafted another one of those independent, kind of formulaic off-beat romantic coming-of-age stories. The package mentions it being from the studio that brought you Juno and (500) Days of Summer, but truth be told it’s more like the recent romantic drama Like Crazy. It’s not as dramatic or depressing, but it’s more focused on the complicated characters and their troubled connections with each other. It substitutes the heavy drama for a more light approach that works as an afternoon rental, but not as a strong theatrical experience."