Adam (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Max Mayer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 2, 2010
Box Office: $2.1M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


as Adam Raki

as Beth Buchwald

as Marty Buchwald

as Rebecca Buchwald

as Mr. Klieber

as Teacher Assistant

as Mr. Wardlow

as Williams

as Beranbaum

as Bruce

as Stephanie

as Expert Witness

as Scottie
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Critic Reviews for Adam

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Dancy's eye-opening performance reveals he's a bona-fide acting talent, capable of carrying a movie without ever playing to your affections.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
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."

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

Reassuringly familiar and ultimately as cozy as a reindeer sweater.

Full Review… | August 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
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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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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

Cynthia S.

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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