Adventureland Reviews

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July 6, 2010
It's a bit slight and rambling, but also manages to engage us due to the sharply drawn characters
February 23, 2010
[Mottola has] done his job in making the work feel authentic, funny, and like a breeze to sit through.
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.
November 6, 2009
Content to occupy that middle ground where insights are authentic but far from revelatory and comedy is more amiable than riotous.
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.
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.
September 11, 2009
Its gentle charm and effortless eloquence personified by its winning lead, Adventureland is only marred by a rote final reel.
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.
September 11, 2009
An Indie romcom which doesn't pile on the contrived quirkiness and instead concentrates on being believable, smart and sweet.
September 11, 2009
Wisely, Mottola doesn't try to reinvent the comedy wheel. He's simply taken the plot-free route of Superbad, made the like-for-like swap of Jesse Eisenberg for Michael Cera, upscaled the romance, downsized the slapstick.
September 11, 2009
One from the heart, a clear-sighted love letter to his own teenage tribulations. Starting out in high spirits then skewing more serious, it's a funny, poignant, bittersweet treat. Get in line...
September 11, 2009
A charmingly nostalgic and endearing picture of late-teenhood in the '80s.
September 11, 2009
Much like its anti-hero, Adventureland is at first too gauchely intelligent for its surroundings, then learns to merge the best of what it is and what it isn't. Gentle is the new gross, it seems.
September 11, 2009
It's beautifully written and sensitively acted, it's got a killer soundtrack.
September 11, 2009
A little charmer.
September 11, 2009
Superbad director Greg Mottola casts an affectionate eye over the 1980s with a gentle but effective comedy.
September 11, 2009
While this has its longueurs and is not without clichés, it is also a richly enjoyable, witty, well observed piece of nostalgia.
September 11, 2009
It is a coming-of-age picture which seems not so different from any other but hits delightfully odd notes thanks to Mottola's terrifically smart script and a cast of mostly eager young actors.
September 11, 2009
With appealing characters and a winning retro soundtrack including The Cure and Lou Reed, it's a very entertaining watch - even if it doesn't reach the cult status it seems to be striving for.
September 11, 2009
Sweet-natured, frequently funny coming-of-age movie with a superb script and delightful comic performances from a terrific ensemble cast.
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