At the heart of the problem with this movie are matters of logic and cogency.
A romantic dramedy about a passionate erudite oddball woman with her own life? Hooray!
What's a romantic comedy to do when it is neither romantic nor comedic? When that film is Admission, it plunges forward drunkenly, hoping to overcome its inadequacies with goodwill created by the cast.
| Original Score: 2/4
Overstays its welcome before petering out unremarkably.
| Original Score: C+
An engaging cast holds our interest even when this rom-com meanders down unnecessary sideroads and dips into corny sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Princeton must have thought this film could help its reputation. It's more likely to increase applications to Yale, Harvard and MIT.
Given two options, Admission routinely takes the less interesting of the two, and wastes a great deal of on-screen talent in the process.
| Original Score: 2/5
Have you ever wondered how the admission procedure functions in Ivy League universities? No, me neither.
There are chuckles and moving moments, just not enough of them.
Intermittently sharp but often dully over-extended.
We generally expect more wacky humour from Fey and Rudd than this comedy, which is packed with perhaps too-smart dialog and a lot of warm sentiment.
Romantic and family complications ensue but nothing especially memorable or purposeful. Or funny.
It is ... perilously short on laughs, and the few that do come are generated by Lily Tomlin as the heroine's ferociously feminist mother.
Admission wants to win a place in our hearts, but after 108 minutes of relatively hard labour the majority of viewers probably won't let it in.
The comic material really isn't there, and the plot transitions feel forced and uncomfortable ...
The movie subverts expectations, and not in a good way, by seeming in a dither about its own identity.
This is comedy with zero pulse.
The tone is uneven, the central romance is unconvincing and it's disappointingly low on actual laughs.
The themes are important, even if in this Hollywood laundering they are sloshed about in love suds and clattered by uneven comedy spins.
A perfectly serviceable, star-led romance, Admission is also proof that some actors are just fun to watch in anything (which here extends to the supporting cast as well as the leads).
| Original Score: 3/5