• Released
  • February 14, 2014
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 15 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An aspiring poet (Emma Roberts) has to take a job as a clerk at an adult bookstore.

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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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”)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By clementarzah
When life gets hard, rise to the occasion. Emma Roberts stars as Amy, a young poet who recently graduated from college. Life isn?t going according to her plans. Amy is forced to find a job after her...

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Rated R | For Sexual Content and Some Drug Use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under So-so coming-of-age film set in porn rental store.
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