Adam

2009

Adam

Critics Consensus

Hugh Dancy's elegant performance as a man with Asperger's Syndrome elevates Adam, an offbeat but touching romantic comedy.

65%

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Reviews Counted: 130

72%
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User Ratings: 24,590

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72%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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In movies, when two twentysomethings serendipitously wind up under the same Manhattan roof, witty repartee usually transpires, then sparks fly, and eventually they fall into bed. But the boy and the girl in Adam are no ordinary characters, and their romance is anything but familiar. Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer, encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment. A pleasant chemistry flows, but his awkwardness is perplexing. Whether avoiding eye contact or standing by blithely while Beth drags a heavy load up steep stairs, Adam seems utterly oblivious to social convention. Then one night, Adam regales Beth with an elaborate outer-space light show. It's a magical moment, tainted slightly by his obsessively thorough astronomical explanation. Their connection is palpable. It becomes clear that Adam's inability to decipher nonverbal signals is beyond his control. And yet Beth doesn't balk. Their mutual interest tentatively takes root.What makes this rare story about obstacles to human intimacy credible is its tremendous psychological wisdom; what makes it transcendent is the intelligence and authenticity radiating from actors Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. Though their particular challenges are extraordinary, Beth and Adam's tricky relationship elucidates something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into discomfiting territory-and the shake-up can be liberating.

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Critic Reviews for Adam

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (36)

  • Adam is As Good as It Gets with a dash of Rain Man, movie comfort food, but still charms us through the familiar rhythms of its story.

    Aug 26, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Dancy's eye-opening performance reveals he's a bona-fide acting talent, capable of carrying a movie without ever playing to your affections.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Sure, it's complicated, but isn't that always true of romance? And doesn't it blow the hinges off the universe -- every single time?

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's no getting around the character's plight as an eternal outsider or the natural sympathy it draws. But writer-director Mayer never loses control of this fact, offering a story that's both sweet and tart, unique and familiar.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.

    Aug 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • For much of its first hour, writer/director Max Mayer's Adam is one of the year's more endearing love stories.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Adam

½

A bittersweet and unconventional love story that benefits mostly from Hugh Dancy's great and extremely impressive performance as a handsome young man with Asperger's Syndrome.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

The love story is sweet, and what ultimately needs to happen in order for Adam to grow socially happens, but the representation of Asperger's Syndrome is pretty formulaic. All the symptoms are hit, and everything is explained a little too much. I wish we could have read the rest of Beth's raccoon book. The movie is almost there, but not quite.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

I think that I must be in love with Hugh Dancy. Anything I see him in I really like..and this movie I just loved. Very touching, romantic and sweet. I am glad that they didn't give us the typical love story ending. I actually really loved the way they approached the conclusion. Sooooooooo nice

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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I wanted to like this much more than I actually did. Interesting character in Adam, a young man who suffers from aspergers syndrome. Hugh Dancy is well cast and makes Adam sympathetic and vulnerable. Rose Byrne, also, nice in the role of Beth. For some reason though, the promising premise felt kind of flat, movie seemed much longer than it actually was , and I found myself getting bored with the whole thing. The film definitely has it's moments and is worth a watch, but personally I thought it could have been much more than what it actually was.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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