Adventureland Reviews

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October 8, 2009
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.
September 11, 2009
As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.
September 11, 2009
The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film.
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.
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.
June 6, 2019
Mottola strikes a pitch-perfect balance between drama and comedy, summing up the hopes and dreams of those in that final transitional period into the real world.
May 16, 2019
The film is a pleasant surprise -- smart, funny and tender.
December 8, 2018
Adventureland is written and directed by Greg Mottola, the director of the raunchy bromance Superbad, but with this film, he has given us something more personal and, at the same time, more universal.
January 2, 2018
It's the opposite of the Hollywood dream that you never let go.In this case the big, gaudy ambition turn out to be empty and pointless.
November 16, 2017
...a comedy so human it is tragic.
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.
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.
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.
February 14, 2012
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.
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.
June 27, 2011
The characters are pointlessly depressing, wallowing in their own negative emotions laced with pot-smoke and messy post-teenage sex.
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.
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.
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