90

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
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.
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70

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
Every scene featuring Amy and Rat together is a giddy marvel of kinetic energy, with Roberts and Cusack seemingly in competition to determine which of them can make their character more unsympathetic.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Adult World is a happy surprise.
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65

NPR

By Ella Taylor
What's refreshing, though, is Coffey's skeptical but affectionate feel for the tenacious strivers who cling like limpets to the margins of every arts scene, often for precious years of their impoverished lives.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
There’s nothing deep in this script, and the delayed romance, between real-life lovers Roberts and Evan Peters (of “American Horror Story”) sets off no sparks. The characters are sort of a grab bag of “types.”
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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60

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role (absent from his miscast villainous turn in “The Paperboy”) is particularly fun to watch.
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
Cusack's distinctive handling of his sullen poet offers an opportunity for Adult World to make a statement about youthful ambition and middle-age disillusionment beyond Billings dubbing Amy and her peers as "Generation Mundane." But the film just stops short of truly achieving that goal.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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