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Adult World Reviews

June 9, 2017
Adult World is more aggravating than endearing, although there's an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
March 6, 2014
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
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-
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
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
February 13, 2014
A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
February 13, 2014
There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
February 12, 2014
This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
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
February 11, 2014
John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.
February 11, 2014
The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role is particularly fun to watch.