• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Scott Coffey
    In Theaters:
    Feb 14, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 9, 2014
  • IFC Films


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Adult World Reviews

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David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine

The title of Scott Coffey's new film is a pretty obvious double entendre, but it does efficiently convey the good intentions behind this scattershot production.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 10, 2014
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered

There are flashes of wit in this quirky comedy, but thin characterization and by-the-numbers plotting lead Adult World to slip into tonally haphazard tedium.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

February 10, 2014
Jamie S. Rich

"Adult World" is amusing, if a bit by the numbers. There's nothing surprising about Amy's story.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

February 26, 2014
Chris Sawin

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/10

February 27, 2014
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

While innocuously entertaining, Adult World is missing both substance and, at times, any mooring in reality.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6/10

February 12, 2014
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

February 13, 2014
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C-

February 21, 2014
Susan Wloszczyna

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 Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2/4

February 14, 2014
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

February 28, 2014
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The story beats are as familiar as they come, and there are a few halfhearted stabs at redeeming Roberts's clueless character when it would have been better to push her feeble-mindedness to Anna Faris-esque extremes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2014
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

Wanting to create a leading character worth rooting for, and experiencing the schadenfreude that comes from her failure, is a complex balancing act, one that Adult World simply cannot pull off.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D+

April 24, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 6, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2014
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 11, 2014
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

February 12, 2014
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Cusack is pretty much the only reason to see this.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 3/10

February 13, 2014
Clayton Davis

Completely stealing the show and delivering my favorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco.

Full Review Source: AwardsCircuit.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 4, 2014
Lauren Wilford
Movie Mezzanine

Adult World earns an A for effort

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B-

February 16, 2014
Glenn Dunks

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: B+

March 18, 2014
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Cusack makes a fine, cynical and aging poet, and Emma Roberts is well-cast as the Sylvia Plath wannabe who hangs on his every word.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 10, 2014
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