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Admission has a pair of immensely likable leads in Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but it wastes them on a contrived (and clumsily directed) screenplay. Read critic reviews

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When straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) pays a recruiting visit to an alternative high school, she receives some news that catches her way off-guard. John Pressman (Paul Rudd), head of the school and Portia's former college classmate, has surmised that his student, Jeremiah, is the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption. Portia puts her career at risk by bending the rules for Jeremiah but also discovers a life and romance she never imagined.

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All Critics (158) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (97)

  • Portia is in many ways a typical [Tina] Fey character but the unfunny and clichéd script too often reminds us this is no 30 Rock.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It is neither a broad comedy nor a dopey rom-com; it's actually, surprisingly enough, a seriocomic drama in something resembling the Alexander Payne mold, a slightly eccentric examination of flawed people doing their very best.

    June 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • At the heart of the problem with this movie are matters of logic and cogency.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Have you ever wondered how the admission procedure functions in Ivy League universities? No, me neither.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Intermittently sharp but often dully over-extended.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The comic material really isn't there, and the plot transitions feel forced and uncomfortable ...

    June 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 20, 2014
    I always Paul Rudd's movies even though he's still somewhere to become an A-list Hollywood actor, at least he already have his name in the comedy industry.. Especially since he paired with one of the funniest actress nowadays -Tina Fey- the expectation got to be a little high.. But what I got in here is a decent rom-com movie with such a waste of talent of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, even though their chemistry kinda lovely in here..
    Sanjaya & Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2014
    Despite charming performances from the leads (and the always great Lily Tomlin) this falls pretty flat.
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2014
    So glad I didn't buy this one. (Was tempted when I first saw it out. Comedy with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Would have to be worth a look, right? Hmmm. Not so much). Quite dull really. Drags along, not overly funny. Just meh. Okay to have on in the background, but bland story light on laughs.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2014
    Admission had its charming performances from Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but its just not very funny and the emotional moments didn't really touch me.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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