Adult World Reviews

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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.
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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-
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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
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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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February 13, 2014
This amiable, occasionally sharp-eyed movie makes us understand ... that lofty ambition often equals an evasion of hard work, humility and the insight that not everyone has what it takes.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 13, 2014
There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 12, 2014
"Adult World" proceeds by fits and starts, but fans of Cusack won't want to miss his performance as the petulant poet, whose resistance is inevitably worn down by his persistent fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 12, 2014
This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
February 11, 2014
Adult World captures beautifully, and with a great deal of self-deprecating humor, what it's like to feel trapped in a place you think is too small to hold you.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2014
John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 11, 2014
The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role is particularly fun to watch.