Adult World Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 25, 2014
Cusack is fabulously droll as the reluctant mentor, while Armando Riesco delivers a touchingly off-kilter performance as the drag queen who also provides the heroine with lessons in life.
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 4, 2014
Completely stealing the show and delivering my favorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 4, 2014
Adult World goes all kinds of satisfying places and the lowercase niceties begin with knowing how to use Emma Roberts' eyes, and their bright, darting gaze, which can flick from irritation to consternation to fury just like one-two-three.
Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
March 18, 2014
It is genuinely funny and surprisingly touching by the end, which is more than can be said for most of Hollywood's efforts of late.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 10, 2014
The movie is rated R, yet sensitive 12-year-old girls and the boys scared to talk to them probably represent the ideal audience for this wan coming-of-age sitcom in feature-film drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2014
Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2014
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 6, 2014
A fittingly rough zoom on the transitional period between dreams and reality, seen through a girl who says she 'can't be a wunderkind past 22' and mostly means it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 28, 2014
"Adult World" is a coming-of-age story in which the starting age seems to be approximately 9. As a result, it just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
February 27, 2014
Adult World may have meaning, but you have to trudge through waist deep piles of unfiltered, prepubescent, overdramatic whimpering just to get to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 27, 2014
It's packed with independent-film cliches, yet director Scott Coffey manages to rise above them, thanks largely to the performances of Emma Roberts and John Cusack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
February 26, 2014
"Adult World" is amusing, if a bit by the numbers. There's nothing surprising about Amy's story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 21, 2014
A nice shot of reality could've saved Adult World, as the details of desperation are far more compelling than the rusted mechanics of a numbing coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
[There's] so much vivid, irrepressible life shoving through the narrative's seams that its structural defects can be forgiven, or at least largely ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lauren Wilford
Movie Mezzanine
February 16, 2014
Adult World earns an A for effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
February 14, 2014
The core of the film -- the relationship between Amy and Rat -- clicks in a very real, very entertaining way.
Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
February 14, 2014
Never quite fully delivers much more than yet another oh-poor-me take on post-collegiate struggles in the cold, cruel 21st Century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2014
A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 13, 2014
Coffey knows his movie's at its best when Cusack and Roberts collide, and repeatedly uses them to overcome the script's limitations, and almost to dig a pit of chaos beneath it.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 13, 2014
Mr. Cusack's sardonic, understated portrayal of Rat, who is not quite what he says he is, grounds the movie in a wistfully cynical realism.
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