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Adam (2009)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 46

Hugh Dancy's elegant performance as a man with Asperger's Syndrome elevates Adam, an offbeat but touching romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

Hugh Dancy's elegant performance as a man with Asperger's Syndrome elevates Adam, an offbeat but touching romantic comedy.



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A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor. Due to his condition, Adam isn't the best when it comes to communicating. Though he frequently escapes by submersing himself in the world of space exploration, Adam senses an opportunity for a real human connection after Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into the


Drama, Romance

Max Mayer

Feb 2, 2010


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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (46)

Adam is As Good as It Gets with a dash of Rain Man, movie comfort food, but still charms us through the familiar rhythms of its story.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Dancy's eye-opening performance reveals he's a bona-fide acting talent, capable of carrying a movie without ever playing to your affections.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Sure, it's complicated, but isn't that always true of romance? And doesn't it blow the hinges off the universe -- every single time?

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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There's no getting around the character's plight as an eternal outsider or the natural sympathy it draws. But writer-director Mayer never loses control of this fact, offering a story that's both sweet and tart, unique and familiar.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.

August 19, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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For much of its first hour, writer/director Max Mayer's Adam is one of the year's more endearing love stories.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Adam is a tender and well acted love story that does not resort to cliché nonsense in its depiction of mental illness, yet a clunky sub-plot distracts from its unique version of boy meets girl.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Dancy's sensitive, never-showy portrayal of the autistic Adam reminds us that there's a real person behind every behavioral disorder, psychological condition and personality quirk that often comes off as "strange."

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comment (1)
American Profile

Reassuringly familiar and ultimately as cozy as a reindeer sweater.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Too neatly packaged for my taste, Adam's rigid structure leaves the characters serving the story rather than the story expanding the characters.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Romantic drama wrestles with its own disabilities.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source:

Mayer combines a mild dose of humor with the distress of an unfortunate condition to create something extremely endearing.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

Another thoroughly engaging release from Fox Searchlight, the studio's indie releasing sidearm is rapidly becoming the saviour of an otherwise grossly mismanaged company.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Adam is a sweet, unconventional love story nearly derailed by a far too obvious subplot.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

An undeniably pleasant film about an unusual subject that just happens to be topped off by a really good performance from the massively underrated Hugh Dancy.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... a confident, surefooted dramatic comedy about an uncertain, tentative romance.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

British actor Hugh Dancy manages an astonishing feat by making viewers empathize with a character that has trouble feeling empathy.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

By avoiding the romantic-comedy cliches of lesser fare like The Proposal and The Ugly Truth, Mr. Mayer has given us characters to care about instead of laugh at and discard.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Dancy gets the juiciest role and wisely underplays it.

August 28, 2009
Kansas City Star

Adam and Beth are remarkably nice, likable characters, played by Dancy and Byrne without the tics and self-consciousness that more pretentious or perhaps less secure performers might have brought to the roles.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The compassionately acted Adam is a movie with something to say -- it's just not clear exactly what that something is.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comment (1)

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August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Surprising tale of love and perseverance. Writer Max Mayer deals with the touchy subject beautifully, and Hugh Dancy proves to be a noteworthy star with his performance.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

A very good cast of actors gets more mileage out of this material than they probably should have.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Dancy and Byrne do a fine job of portraying these two lost souls.... How unfortunate for them that they're forced to spout miles of Mayer's cutesy babble every time they're close to transcendence.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It's a gentle romantic dramedy, but misfires at every turn, making for a tedious motion picture that minimizes a fascinating subject.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Adam

The love story is sweet, and what ultimately needs to happen in order for Adam to grow socially happens, but the representation of Asperger's Syndrome is pretty formulaic. All the symptoms are hit, and everything is explained a little too much. I wish we could have read the rest of Beth's raccoon book. The movie is almost there, but not quite.
June 23, 2012

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I think that I must be in love with Hugh Dancy. Anything I see him in I really like..and this movie I just loved. Very touching, romantic and sweet. I am glad that they didn't give us the typical love story ending. I actually really loved the way they approached the conclusion. Sooooooooo nice
October 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

I wanted to like this much more than I actually did. Interesting character in Adam, a young man who suffers from aspergers syndrome. Hugh Dancy is well cast and makes Adam sympathetic and vulnerable. Rose Byrne, also, nice in the role of Beth.
For some reason though, the promising premise felt kind of flat, movie seemed much longer than it actually was , and I found myself getting bored with the whole thing. The film definitely has it's moments and is worth a watch, but personally I thought it could have been much more than what it actually was.
January 7, 2011

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