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A.C.O.D. (2013)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 29

Despite its impressive cast and some sharp observations, A.C.O.D. is neither funny enough nor poignant enough to work as a potent comedy or incisive satire.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 15

Despite its impressive cast and some sharp observations, A.C.O.D. is neither funny enough nor poignant enough to work as a potent comedy or incisive satire.



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Carter (Adam Scott) is a well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. So he thinks. When he discovers he was part of a divorce study as a child, it wreaks havoc on his family and forces him to face the chaos of his past.



Jan 14, 2014


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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (29)

Watching Jenkins and O'Hara go at it (in more ways than one) is especially terrific fun.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The tone is irresolute, as if Zicherman, a self-proclaimed A.C.O.D., hadn't fully resolved his feelings before spinning them into this lumpy comedic drama.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Promising premise goes nowhere.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard
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The film is too broad to be discerning, but there are a few laughs here and there, thanks to a solid comedic ensemble.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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"A.C.O.D." may leave a slightly sour aftertaste. As a look at the state of modern monogamy - or at least our enduring if misguided faith in it - it's refreshingly acerbic.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Not only is the movie just so-so, but the parts themselves aren't much.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ephemeral as a Snapchat message.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

A decent script is brought to life because of the strong supporting players in this new comedy.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

May be one of the grimmest movies you'll see this year.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

...a busy movie for one running under 90 minutes, with people like Amy Poehler and Jessica Alba popping in with no-destination characters, and poor Mary Elizabeth Winstead wasted in the wings as Carter's patient girlfriend.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

In spite of good intentions, A.C.O.D. fails to capitalize on its compelling 'Adult Children of Divorce' platform to present viewers with equally captivating insights.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

It's often very funny, and tries to have some heart, too. But it doesn't straddle that line all too well ...

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Has a few moments that shine, but the rest is shockingly leaden and clumsy, feeling around for a heart it hasn't earned and for laughs that seldom arrive.

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October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's more a situation than a story, but a pretty funny situation.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

Hums along nicely as it diagnoses what Dr. Judith calls 'the least-parented, least-nurtured generation—ever.' It's funny without being broad, thanks to a fine ensemble...

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

I really wanted to like this film because its cast is generally terrific in everything they do , but only Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara really stand out here. A near-miss and sadly blah comedy that should have been smarter.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Movieline

It feels like an act of therapy rather than an organic story. Fortunately, the strong cast of comedy experts make it very funny.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There are a few moments of painful insight here that some may find uncomfortable, but the script by Modern Family writer Ben Karlin strives to keep things lighthearted. It makes for an uneven experience, but also an enjoyable one.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Just hearing brilliant actors like Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara at each other's throats or watching remarkably likable stars like Adam Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead figure out their relationship has enough charm.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for A.C.O.D.

He's about to ruin a perfectly good divorce.

Good movie! I went into this film with an open mind. I enjoyed the film as both a comedy and a drama. In this film, you see revealed some painful truths about human nature and complex family relationships--always with humor and compassion.

A.C.O.D. follows a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce (Adam Scott) who is forced to revisit the chaos of his parents' (Catherine O'Hara and Richard Jenkins) bitter divorce all over again after his younger brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married.
January 30, 2014
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January 7, 2014
Directors Cat
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Carter: You have both turned a 9 year marriage into a hundred year war.

Just so I can get this out of the way, A.C.O.D. stands for 'Adult Children of Divorce'. That actually makes the title of the movie sound less important than it is, but it will be tough to predict how often I plan on calling back to the full title of this movie. Regardless, as both a fan of the ensemble comedic cast in A.C.O.D. and an actual A.C.O.D. (though I'm working on the 'Adult' part), I had a lot of fun with this film. There is a lot of humor found in the exaggerated situations that this film puts its characters in, but still has a core sense of truth in its comedy. It is not the most laugh out loud comedy of the year, but I did enjoy where a lot of these laughs were coming from, as the film had some fun material to work with.

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October 2, 2013

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The first-time director and co-writer Stu Zicherman, himself an A(dult).C(hild).O(f).D(ivorce)., is introducing us the new relationship comedy and digs deep into Carter's (Adam Scott) psyche to come up with some pretty funny stuff. Great supporting cast includes Catherine O'Hara, Richard Jenkins, Jane Lynch, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amy Poehler and Jessica Alba, and their acting was easily enjoyed.

The main character Carter (Adam Scott) runs a successful restaurant, has a loving girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and hardly has to bother with his parents, Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and Melissa (Catherine O'Hara), anymore. He thinks of himself as a well-adjusted adult, and that's why he is helping his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) to organize a surprise wedding trying to get both his parents to attend it, a feat at which Carter succeeds all too well once the respectively remarried Mom and Dad begin to hit it off behind their spouses' backs.

If we go into details and analyse Zicherman's work, it was very solid providing plenty of awkward laughs. It is well adjusted American farce. This is recommended for everyone who likes remarkably sharp look at family dysfunction and its repercussions over the years, of course with some funny moments during the 87 minutes presentation.
January 17, 2014
Panta Oz

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