• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Greg Mottola
    In Theaters:
    Apr 3, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 25, 2009
  • Miramax Films


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Adventureland Reviews

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Will Leitch

It's a film of overwhelming goodwill. You'll like everyone in this movie, and you'll leave the theater thinking they would probably like you too.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

June 22, 2013
Neil Pond
American Profile

The messages -- about silver linings in lousy jobs, the collision of hormones and heartstrings, and the adventure of discovering who you really are and what you really want -- ring honest and true, for any era.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Eric Goldman
IGN Movies

Adventureland is ultimately an interesting but flawed mixture of Mottolla's early indie sensibility (The Daytrippers) with some of the more mainstream teen comedy elements of Superbad.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 7/10

August 26, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Adventureland's young cast is strong, and, when the film works, it captures the languid limbo of post-adolescent confusion and longing.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

April 20, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A coming of age tale based loosely on the experiences of writer/director Greg Mottola, Adventureland is a surprisingly dense teen flick yet its unfortunate forays into religion bashing undermines its overall effect.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's a bit slight and rambling, but also manages to engage us due to the sharply drawn characters

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

[Mottola has] done his job in making the work feel authentic, funny, and like a breeze to sit through.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

February 23, 2010
Adam Lippe

Regardless of the well filled-out cast and the fact that it's structured like a comedy, Adventureland just isn't funny. There really aren't jokes and the overlong running time is mostly given to a standard budding romance.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 12, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Content to occupy that middle ground where insights are authentic but far from revelatory and comedy is more amiable than riotous.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

November 6, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A funny, touching and honest film about a serious 22-year-old neither embarrassed by nor exulting in his lack of sexual experience.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 18, 2009
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Without recourse to frilly cuffs or a montage to A Flock Of Seagulls' greatest hit, it plays the '80s card for something heartfelt.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2009

This is London

Adventureland is reminiscent of indie movies like Breaking Away, Dazed and Confused and Clerks. You could put it another way and say it's not very original. Yet, watching the movie, you're too swept up in James's problems to care.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Richard Luck

Its gentle charm and effortless eloquence personified by its winning lead, Adventureland is only marred by a rote final reel.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Toby Young
Times [UK]

The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

September 11, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

A tremendously funny and touching coming-of-age story, which he has set in the 1980s with a sprinkling of nicely chosen cultural references.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Dan Brightmore
Little White Lies

Like all films that strike a chord, you'll find yourself replaying your own memories as the credits roll on a comedy that fires the heart.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Some may scoff at Adventureland for sailing too close to a tried and tested story formula, but it's funny, heart-warming and more meandering and whimsical than you'd expect from a mainstream Hollywood comedy.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Boyd Hilton
Heat Magazine

An Indie romcom which doesn't pile on the contrived quirkiness and instead concentrates on being believable, smart and sweet.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Wisely, Mottola doesn't try to reinvent the comedy wheel. He's simply taken the plot-free route of Superbad, made the like-for-like swap of Jesse Eisenberg for Michael Cera, upscaled the romance, downsized the slapstick.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2009
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