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Adult World Reviews

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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
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
February 10, 2014
The title of Scott Coffey's new film is a pretty obvious double entendre, but it does efficiently convey the good intentions behind this scattershot production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
February 10, 2014
There are flashes of wit in this quirky comedy, but thin characterization and by-the-numbers plotting lead Adult World to slip into tonally haphazard tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jamie S. Rich
February 26, 2014
"Adult World" is amusing, if a bit by the numbers. There's nothing surprising about Amy's story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Sawin
February 27, 2014
Adult World may have meaning, but you have to trudge through waist deep piles of unfiltered, prepubescent, overdramatic whimpering just to get to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
February 12, 2014
While innocuously entertaining, Adult World is missing both substance and, at times, any mooring in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 13, 2014
There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
February 21, 2014
A nice shot of reality could've saved Adult World, as the details of desperation are far more compelling than the rusted mechanics of a numbing coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Susan Wloszczyna
February 14, 2014
Never quite fully delivers much more than yet another oh-poor-me take on post-collegiate struggles in the cold, cruel 21st Century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 28, 2014
"Adult World" is a coming-of-age story in which the starting age seems to be approximately 9. As a result, it just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 11, 2014
The story beats are as familiar as they come, and there are a few halfhearted stabs at redeeming Roberts's clueless character when it would have been better to push her feeble-mindedness to Anna Faris-esque extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2014
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 10, 2014
The movie is rated R, yet sensitive 12-year-old girls and the boys scared to talk to them probably represent the ideal audience for this wan coming-of-age sitcom in feature-film drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2014
John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 12, 2014
This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.
| Original Score: 1/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 13, 2014
Cusack is pretty much the only reason to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
Lauren Wilford
Movie Mezzanine
February 16, 2014
Adult World earns an A for effort
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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+
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
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