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  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The film’s true MVP is Cusack, delivering a wittily subtle and acerbic turn that well displays his gift for deadpan comedy. He elevates the material whenever he’s onscreen, providing hints as to the more interestingly subversive film Adult World might have been. show more

  • 50

    More aggravating than endearing, although there’s an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details. show more

  • 65
    Ella Taylor NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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.” show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The title of Scott Coffey's new film is a pretty obvious double entendre, but it does efficiently convey the good intentions behind this scattershot production. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Incompetently directed by Scott Coffey and weakly written by Andrew Cochran, a rotten egg called Adult World is anything but. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Adult World is a happy surprise. show more

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