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Adventureland Reviews

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Jason Bailey
May 27, 2016
A film so tuned in to the pre-collegiate experience that scenes which play as comedy to some audiences will land as harrowing tragedy to others.
Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
May 17, 2016
Greg Mottola's third feature is more emotionally rich than his The Daytrippers and Superbad, but it's still more interested in the comedy than the woe and anxiety of the transition into adulthood.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It's a film of overwhelming goodwill. You'll like everyone in this movie, and you'll leave the theater thinking they would probably like you too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
The messages -- about silver linings in lousy jobs, the collision of hormones and heartstrings, and the adventure of discovering who you really are and what you really want -- ring honest and true, for any era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Goldman
IGN Movies
August 26, 2011
Adventureland is ultimately an interesting but flawed mixture of Mottolla's early indie sensibility (The Daytrippers) with some of the more mainstream teen comedy elements of Superbad.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2011
Adventureland's young cast is strong, and, when the film works, it captures the languid limbo of post-adolescent confusion and longing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A coming of age tale based loosely on the experiences of writer/director Greg Mottola, Adventureland is a surprisingly dense teen flick yet its unfortunate forays into religion bashing undermines its overall effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 6, 2010
It's a bit slight and rambling, but also manages to engage us due to the sharply drawn characters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 23, 2010
[Mottola has] done his job in making the work feel authentic, funny, and like a breeze to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Adam Lippe
November 12, 2009
Regardless of the well filled-out cast and the fact that it's structured like a comedy, Adventureland just isn't funny. There really aren't jokes and the overlong running time is mostly given to a standard budding romance.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 6, 2009
Content to occupy that middle ground where insights are authentic but far from revelatory and comedy is more amiable than riotous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 18, 2009
A funny, touching and honest film about a serious 22-year-old neither embarrassed by nor exulting in his lack of sexual experience.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
September 18, 2009
Without recourse to frilly cuffs or a montage to A Flock Of Seagulls' greatest hit, it plays the '80s card for something heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

London Evening Standard
September 11, 2009
Adventureland is reminiscent of indie movies like Breaking Away, Dazed and Confused and Clerks. You could put it another way and say it's not very original. Yet, watching the movie, you're too swept up in James's problems to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 11, 2009
As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
September 11, 2009
Its gentle charm and effortless eloquence personified by its winning lead, Adventureland is only marred by a rote final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Toby Young
Times (UK)
September 11, 2009
The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 11, 2009
A tremendously funny and touching coming-of-age story, which he has set in the 1980s with a sprinkling of nicely chosen cultural references.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Brightmore
Little White Lies
September 11, 2009
Like all films that strike a chord, you'll find yourself replaying your own memories as the credits roll on a comedy that fires the heart.
| Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
September 11, 2009
Some may scoff at Adventureland for sailing too close to a tried and tested story formula, but it's funny, heart-warming and more meandering and whimsical than you'd expect from a mainstream Hollywood comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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