It's mostly harmless, but also pretty lifeless.
"Hey, look who's here," the film says excitedly as Rudd and Fey routinely attempt to make a stale screenplay humorous, "Why aren't you laughing at them?"
| Original Score: 44/100
These guys could make taxes seem charming. Pair them up romantically and surround them with a competent three-act screenplay and the rest takes care of itself.
| Original Score: 3/4
Katharine Hepburn used to specialize in supercompetent women who get their comeuppance and learn to be "womanly." Is this a lesson that still needs teaching?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are terrific. So is Lily Tomlin. The acting and chemistry works but this rom-com's story does not.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's nothing that will knock your cinematic socks off and the performers clearly aren't stretching much, but it's charming and pleasant enough to keep the pic from failing. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)
Admission offers two appealing leads, a gaggle of potentially strong themes and, well, that's about it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tina Fey once again excels at portraying a modern woman beset by very modern struggles and expectations.
You'll be glad you enrolled.
This would be a good movie for a parent to watch with a high-school-age child facing down the college admissions slog-it's mildly snarky but resolutely uncynical.
Some films are electric - Admission settles for alternating current.
When in doubt, ma'am, just ask yourself: What would Tina Fey do?
| Original Score: B
In their central roles, Rudd and Fey have a natural, unforced chemistry. John and Portia are cute as buttons, but they're also goofy, confused and flawed people.
The comedy doesn't seem very funny when real emotional damage is inflicted, and the drama doesn't work when the set-ups are so hard to justify in a real world context.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
The romance between Tina Fey and Paul Rudd is by far the most conventional and least interesting thing in the otherwise pleasantly articulate "Admission."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If Admission was a college application, it would be rejected, but only after the application fee had been deposited.
| Original Score: 1/5
Through it all ... there are threads of emotional honesty.
Not even Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, arguably two of Hollywood's most likable performers, are able to do much to save Weitz's latest effort.
The commercials make it look like a standard romantic comedy but the plot line about reuniting with a child put up for adoption feels awkward, cluttered, and intrusive.
| Original Score: B-
'Admission' probably began with a clear artistic vision but was compromised along the way. The messy result offers glimpses of greatness dragged down by scenes that are bafflingly tone-deaf.