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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
"Adult World" is amusing, if a bit by the numbers. There's nothing surprising about Amy's story.
| Original Score: C+
Adult World may have meaning, but you have to trudge through waist deep piles of unfiltered, prepubescent, overdramatic whimpering just to get to it.
| Original Score: 4/10
While innocuously entertaining, Adult World is missing both substance and, at times, any mooring in reality.
| Original Score: 6/10
There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: C-
Never quite fully delivers much more than yet another oh-poor-me take on post-collegiate struggles in the cold, cruel 21st Century.
"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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: D+
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
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.
John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.
This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.
| Original Score: 1/4
Cusack is pretty much the only reason to see this.
| Original Score: 3/10
Completely stealing the show and delivering my favorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Adult World earns an A for effort
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4