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Adult World Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 25, 2014
Cusack is fabulously droll as the reluctant mentor, while Armando Riesco delivers a touchingly off-kilter performance as the drag queen who also provides the heroine with lessons in life.
Clayton Davis
July 4, 2014
Completely stealing the show and delivering my favorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ray Pride
April 4, 2014
Adult World goes all kinds of satisfying places and the lowercase niceties begin with knowing how to use Emma Roberts' eyes, and their bright, darting gaze, which can flick from irritation to consternation to fury just like one-two-three.
Glenn Dunks
March 18, 2014
It is genuinely funny and surprisingly touching by the end, which is more than can be said for most of Hollywood's efforts of late.
| Original Score: B+
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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
Matt Pais
March 6, 2014
A fittingly rough zoom on the transitional period between dreams and reality, seen through a girl who says she 'can't be a wunderkind past 22' and mostly means it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
[There's] so much vivid, irrepressible life shoving through the narrative's seams that its structural defects can be forgiven, or at least largely ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lauren Wilford
Movie Mezzanine
February 16, 2014
Adult World earns an A for effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
February 14, 2014
The core of the film -- the relationship between Amy and Rat -- clicks in a very real, very entertaining way.
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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
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.
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 13, 2014
Andy Cochran's script for Adult World, by turns literate and quirky, and sharply observant throughout, provides the amiable fuel for this funny, endearing study of youthful aspiration.
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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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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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Ronnie Scheib
February 11, 2014
The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role is particularly fun to watch.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
February 10, 2014
Cusack makes a fine, cynical and aging poet, and Emma Roberts is well-cast as the Sylvia Plath wannabe who hangs on his every word.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)
March 7, 2016
There is potentially a good movie bubbling under the surface in the interaction between Amy and Rat and especially in the hinted-at desperation of her struggle to make a success of her life, but this is overtaken by the tedious melodramatic whining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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