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Adam Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010
Romantic drama wrestles with its own disabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2009
Adam wraps up the story in too tidy a package, insisting on finding the upbeat in the murky, and missing the chance to be more thoughtful about this challenging situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 30, 2009
Other than Rose Byrne's on-screen radiance and a soothingly warm palette lit by cinematographer Seamus Tierney, there's not much to get passionate about in this amiable chamberpiece from theater director Max Mayer.
July 29, 2009
[M]erely a Very Special Episode of a TV series I never wanted to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 28, 2009
The compassionately acted Adam is a movie with something to say -- it's just not clear exactly what that something is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
August 14, 2009
As Beth is Adam's societal guide dog, instructing him on how he should react, the filmmakers turn to dopey ballads in order to steer us through plot points rife with the emotional complexity of Jell-O.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Andrew O'Hagan
This is London
August 7, 2009
A film with so many designs on your affections could never be found surprising, but believe me, it won't stop it from trying and it won't stop you from feeling guilty the moment you realise it isn't working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
May 9, 2009
A romantic drama with sincere emotions but a rather standard execution.
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
August 20, 2009
Australian Rose Byrne plays Beth, who falls for a man with Asperger's Syndrome. It's a gentle, slow but far too caring a film, sacrificing drama, comedy and romance in the cause of an sympathetic representation of Adam's condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
August 7, 2009
There's no question this is a well-meaning film which, on the surface, sounds pretty original. But sadly it's as bland as hell, with nothing you wouldn't find in any run-of-the-mill romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
August 21, 2009
Adam is about loving someone who's different, despite what your parents or friends may think. It's also unfortunately a won't-change-your-life cinema experience that, irrespective of its redeeming features, fails to satiate.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 27, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 19, 2009
Adam, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, holds your attention, but the film is slow-going at times and lacks a knockout punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
It's well directed and acted, but the script feels like a TV movie at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 27, 2009
It's a gentle romantic dramedy, but misfires at every turn, making for a tedious motion picture that minimizes a fascinating subject.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
July 27, 2009
The Hallmark crowd will eat it up. But as for me, I'm not buying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 29, 2009
...sanitized romantic comedy never cracks the surface of its delicate and complex subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cath Clarke
Guardian
August 7, 2009
Despite obvious good intentions, this feels dishonest, and I suspect not very true to life. Worst of all, it risks trivialising mental illness into lovable quirks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 7, 2009
Everyone dallies and dithers and radiates well-meaningly. This is mental illness served up for romcom pathos and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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