• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Max Mayer
    In Theaters:
    Jul 29, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 2, 2010
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Adam Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 18, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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?

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 21, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2009
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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The two of them look terrific together, too -- enough so that you wish someone would cast them together in a much better movie.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

August 14, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Adam is a minor, tolerably enjoyable romance that doesn't add up to anything much.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Were it not for the fine engaging performances of both Dancy and Byrne, Adam would be sickly sweet.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2009
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Written and directed by Max Mayer, this anodyne romantic comedy is as predictable as the alphabet but should hold particular appeal to women whose maternal impulses inflect their mating instincts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 7, 2009
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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The film rides on Dancy's wonderfully authentic performance.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 7, 2009
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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At its best, Adam makes the viewer understand the frustration of living in a world in which everyone is a stranger.

August 7, 2009
Nina Caplan
Time Out
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It feels dishonest, which is a problem for a film so interested in truthfulness - especially one trying to reconcile that interest with the demands of a Hollywood romcom.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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While it's probable that this movie will bring Asperger's to an audience that's never heard of or experienced it, it's also likely to bore them.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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To its credit, Adam doesn't go for the cheap, easy solution. In that way, the film shares something of the spirit (and realism?) of (500) Days of Summer: an acknowledgment that not every close encounter, no matter how meaningful, can last forever.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Hugh Dancy is really spectacular in this film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

August 3, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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A sweet, atypical love story.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

August 3, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Hugh Dancy, so often just a bland safe boyfriend in femme-oriented films, gives an ironically heartfelt performance as the emotionally insulated Adam.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Adam succeeds at getting inside its hero's mind and, more impressively still, gives us entrée to his singular soul.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 31, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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The film is afflicted with a fatal case of the cutes: It's never an encouraging sign when The Little Prince, that eternal touchstone of precious perma-children, emerges as a major motif for a romantic drama.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

July 30, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Adam is a cut above most romances and boasts a intriguing conclusion. One comes away with a sense of hope, leavened by realism.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 30, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
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I'm sorry to report that beyond that educational element and the delicate performances of Dancy and Byrne, I found Adam dramatically limp, predictable and in a curious way even retrograde.

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July 30, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 30, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's hogwash of the highest order, a romanticized take on disability that sees it both as God-gifted higher calling and seductive precoital bling.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The beautifully crafted Adam offers no pat or easy answers to wrenching questions.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Hugh Dancy plays a Manhattan engineer who suffers from Asperger's syndrome in this charming romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2009
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Adam is a most welcome summer treat.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 29, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Adam is sweet, meticulous, and, at times, sort of clever, but it's also a not-quite-surprising-enough heartwarming trifle.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 29, 2009
James Berardinelli
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This is an affirmation that it's still possible to find smart movies about one of the most basic aspects of the human experience: falling in love.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2009
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A touching and engaging film about a likable and attractive young man who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 29, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A sensitive but not sentimental story about a romance involving a mentally challenged young man never makes a misstep.

July 27, 2009
Justin Chang
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Emotionally potent performances, gently offbeat humor and writer-helmer Max Mayer's assured touch guide this tender New York love story to a quietly hopeful conclusion.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2009
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