• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Paul Weitz
    In Theaters:
    Mar 22, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2013
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Admission Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Fey and Rudd can't save college-bound comedy

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

March 24, 2013
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

While the idea of teaming Fey and Rudd sounds like a feasible one, the reality is that all this low-simmer niceness results in a movie that has absolutely no wit, bite or -- most shockingly -- moments of hilarity.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2013
Lisa Elin
We Got This Covered

What it [arguably] lacks in passion, Admission makes up for nicely in heart with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd at their light dramatic best.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

March 23, 2013
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A rather bland comedy that never rises above its sitcom premise.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2013
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Fey is flawless as a stickler for rules, order, and over-rehearsed patter whose desperation to maintain an even keel at all times results in puckishly inappropriate behavior when things start to fall apart

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

March 22, 2013
Stephen Silver

A comedy that's not especially funny, and a satire of the college admissions culture that isn't especially incisive

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 22, 2013
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Admission squanders its most interesting aspects, flattening them out into a tidy, dull narrative instead of running with their more outlandish aspects, or focusing deeper on the pain at the heart of the characters.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

March 22, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

March 22, 2013
Kofi Outlaw

When Admission is over, you're left with the feeling that you've seen something whole, complete, and enjoyable - albeit not all that memorable.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

Depending on your point of view, then, Admission is either a so-so comedy, or a quirky drama that's never fully formed.

Full Review Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 2/4

March 22, 2013
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Doris Day will be 89 in two weeks, which makes her exactly half a century too old to play the lead in Admission. That's a pity, as perhaps only she could have done it justice -- if it had been made in 1958.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: C-

March 22, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is certainly an interesting idea, though the movie is badly handicapped by Fey, who must venture beyond her usual snippiness into scenes of genuine poignancy and proves unequal to the task.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 22, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn't Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is?

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

March 22, 2013
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Once Weitz makes up his mind, 'Admission' finds its voice as a drama in time to reach a satisfying conclusion.

Full Review Source: Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Weitz] wrings out solid humor from Portia's comic struggles to balance her professionalism with her newly unearthed maternal instincts.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2013
Kam Williams

An alternately comical and thought-provoking cautionary tale that's every bit as hilarious as it is sobering.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

March 22, 2013
Rick Marshall

It's not often a film comes along that's just as much fun to watch with your parents as it is to watch with your partner or friends, but Admission is just that sort of film.

Full Review Source: IFC.com

March 22, 2013
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

... a wonderfully entertaining comedy with good pace and sparkling performances...

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 9/10

March 22, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Teen-friendly comedy has laughs but is uneven.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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If Fey ends up making movies as good as this one over the next few years, television's loss will have been cinema's gain, for real.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

March 22, 2013
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