Adventureland Reviews

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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.
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.
April 6, 2009
The story is semi-autobiographical, but has a gentler touch than his prior work on Superbad, and certainly relies less on slapstick episodes.
April 6, 2009
Audiences expecting another dumb wallow will be startled, and I hope enlivened, by this movie's core of feeling.
April 3, 2009
The youths of Superbad were a little bit younger, a little more likable, their dirty-virgin wit more hilarious [than in Adventureland].
April 3, 2009
Adventureland isn't as clever as Kicking, and not nearly as hilarious as Superbad, but it's still a sweet little memory ache, a Proustian cookie co-flavored with semiotics and Whitesnake.
April 3, 2009
Adventureland earns its edge-of-adulthood sweetness and has characters with real hearts under their goofy T-shirts.
April 3, 2009
The movie does a very good job of capturing the teens and their times. Everything feels right, from the ups-and-downs of late '80s rock, to the way kids really behaved.
April 3, 2009
Yes, you've seen much of it before, and the nervous James character is now officially a cliché. But Stewart makes you care anyway. This, folks, is an actress.
April 3, 2009
It proves Mottola has a sweet sensibility for intimate grins, as well as broad yuks.
April 3, 2009
There's no mistaking Mottola's sincerity or his talent.
April 3, 2009
Like its models, this is funny, smart, and complacent.
April 3, 2009
With Adventureland, Mottola is using some of the stock from his Superbad triumph to make the kind of personal film he should be making, that he probably would have liked to have made in the years following Daytrippers.
April 3, 2009
Adventureland, Greg Mottola's tale of coming of age in Pittsburgh in 1987, has the note-perfect melancholy of a classic young adult novel.
April 3, 2009
One of Mottola's best jokes involves Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus".... [I]t's hard to imagine a better use of nostalgia: to remind us of the many things we miss from a particular time, and the one reason we would never, ever want to go back.
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