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Admission Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
At the heart of the problem with this movie are matters of logic and cogency.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 1, 2013
The many strands of this amiable yet overstuffed romantic comedy don't hang together, though each, on its own, has a modest charm.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 22, 2013
What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2013
This is certainly an interesting idea, though the movie is badly handicapped by Fey, who must venture beyond her usual snippiness into scenes of genuine poignancy and proves unequal to the task.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 22, 2013
Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn't Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 22, 2013
If Fey ends up making movies as good as this one over the next few years, television's loss will have been cinema's gain, for real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 22, 2013
You'll be glad you enrolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 22, 2013
This would be a good movie for a parent to watch with a high-school-age child facing down the college admissions slog-it's mildly snarky but resolutely uncynical.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2013
Some films are electric - Admission settles for alternating current.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 22, 2013
When in doubt, ma'am, just ask yourself: What would Tina Fey do?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 22, 2013
In their central roles, Rudd and Fey have a natural, unforced chemistry. John and Portia are cute as buttons, but they're also goofy, confused and flawed people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2013
Only Mr. Rudd emerges unscathed. He protects himself by being consistently affable in the face of heavy odds.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2013
Everybody in "Admission" is funny - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn - but they're not funny in "Admission."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
While most college-themed comedies aim for low-SAT yucks, "Admission" tosses out jokes and cultural references that aim higher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 21, 2013
Admission settles for skin deep.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 21, 2013
A genial, predictable and ultimately forgettable romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
Cheerful, skittish entertainment that never takes its subject seriously enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2013
Fey and Rudd achieve a couple of comedy mindmelds ... but they're fleeting, as Admission's outlandish contrivances continue to get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 21, 2013
Infused with an almost relentless blandness, it's defined by soft comedy (a few laughs here and there), flaccid drama, and likeable actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 21, 2013
You could call it a dramedy, I guess, but that manufactured term suggests a blending of the two elements. Here they exist almost as separate genres squeezed into the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 21, 2013
[Fey and Rudd] are fun to watch, though not as much fun as they might have been in a riskier, crazier movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 21, 2013
Director Weitz doesn't come close to pulling off the film's drastic tonal shifts, but at least it's an improvement over his last two films ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 21, 2013
It promisingly pairs Fey with the dreamy-funny Paul Rudd, though they generate warmth without ever catching fire. The bigger problem is the story they're in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
This thin envelope of a comedy checks all the boxes for being a phoned-in, phony, padded rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 21, 2013
Another formulaic spin on Hollywood's 21st century discovery, the mom-rom-com, with its disagreeable underlying messages about women, careers and motherhood.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2013
I'd see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in anything, but this is pushing it. Admission is so slight that a breeze could flatten it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2013
There have been so many shrill, dumb, rinky-dink romantic comedies that it's easy to feel downright grateful when a smart, non-cheesy one comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 21, 2013
"Admission" is one film you may not want to get into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2013
An often pleasant, faintly comedic drama that too often struggles to find its tone.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 21, 2013
When Admission stumbles, which it does often, aiming low for easy laughs at the price of missed opportunities to go deeper, the picture lays there uninspired, like a slice of boiled ham.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2013
There's a good movie in this story. The one that got made is roughly half-good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 21, 2013
It never quite lives up to its potential. But there's value to be found in its meandering.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
"Admission" has some sublime moments, most of them involving Fey and Rudd dancing around their inevitable romance. The problem is in the foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 20, 2013
Would that Fey had been as choosy and critical about the screenplay as her character is about personal essays attached to applications to Princeton University.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 20, 2013
You can take the kids, you can take grandma; everyone will be ever so slightly entertained.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 19, 2013
What should be a hilarious, long-overdue pairing of two hugely likable, superstar comedians ends up being a major disappointment with "Admission."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 19, 2013
Another half-success spoiled by tonal uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
Admission doesn't have the courage to suggest that a childless woman who's doing work she loves just may have it all-or at least her all.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 18, 2013
Fey has the Sandra Bullock role -- exactly the kind of part that she has spent the last decade transcending. She's not bad in it, though.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 7, 2013
What appears on paper to be an ideal three-dimensional, morally complex role for the quick-witted comedienne backfires in practice, relying on Fey to be funny in a movie that works better serious.
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William Goss
Film.com
March 6, 2013
Equal parts amiable and weightless, tough to take seriously and yet light on honest laughs.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 6, 2013
Paul Weitz betrays an erratic grip on the comic tone, and the misguided central characters emerge, in the end, as less likeable than they ought to be.