Admission Reviews

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Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
March 24, 2013
A comedy, but a serious comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 24, 2013
Fey and Rudd can't save college-bound comedy
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lisa Elin
We Got This Covered
March 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 23, 2013
A rather bland comedy that never rises above its sitcom premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
March 22, 2013
A comedy that's not especially funny, and a satire of the college admissions culture that isn't especially incisive
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 22, 2013
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.
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2013
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 22, 2013
Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn't Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 22, 2013
Once Weitz makes up his mind, 'Admission' finds its voice as a drama in time to reach a satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 22, 2013
[Weitz] wrings out solid humor from Portia's comic struggles to balance her professionalism with her newly unearthed maternal instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 22, 2013
An alternately comical and thought-provoking cautionary tale that's every bit as hilarious as it is sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rick Marshall
IFC.com
March 22, 2013
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.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 22, 2013
... a wonderfully entertaining comedy with good pace and sparkling performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 22, 2013
Teen-friendly comedy has laughs but is uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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