Adam

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  • Summary: Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication - and that's if you aren't Adam, for whom life itself is this way. Adam is a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence - until he meets his new neighbor, Beth, a beautiful,Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication - and that's if you aren't Adam, for whom life itself is this way. Adam is a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence - until he meets his new neighbor, Beth, a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results. Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better.
  2. It's the speed of love, not the speed of light, that occupies Adam, a small, sweet movie about one man's widening cosmos.
  3. A sensitive but not sentimental story about a romance involving a mentally challenged young man never makes a misstep.
  4. It can be argued that Adam uses Asperger's as a kind of metaphor for the barriers that people erect to fend off strangers, to guard against intimacy. It can also be argued that writer/director Mayer is shamelessly manipulative.
  5. Adam succeeds at getting inside its hero's mind and, more impressively still, gives us entrée to his singular soul.
  6. 50
    Other than Rose Byrne's on-screen radiance and a soothingly warm palette lit by cinematographer Seamus Tierney, there's not much to get passionate about in this amiable chamberpiece from theater director Max Mayer.
  7. This is the kind of movie in which every other line of dialogue feels like a metaphor – and from there on, the film seesaws between the uncomfortable extremes of glum and twee: an overwrought dirge keyed to a xylophonic ping.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    10
    This is simply one of the sweetest romantic comedies ever made. It matches When Harry Met Sally on every term of sincerity and humor. ItsThis is simply one of the sweetest romantic comedies ever made. It matches When Harry Met Sally on every term of sincerity and humor. Its true-life depiction of people with real problems and how they learn to love one another in spite of them is truly inspirational. Everyone should be required to watch this movie because it simply warms your soul and makes your heart bleed. A true cinematic gem. Expand
  2. SheilaM
    Aug 22, 2009
    10
    Charming, thought-provoking and delightful.
  3. MichaelN
    Aug 9, 2009
    10
    As a person with Asperger's, I think this movie is completely accurate in depicting what the disorder is like. I think it is safe to say As a person with Asperger's, I think this movie is completely accurate in depicting what the disorder is like. I think it is safe to say that the Film Threat reviewer does not have the disorder, otherwise she would realize how well the writers and the actor, Hugh Dancy put this character together. It was such a beautiful movie, because a lot of people with the disorder are misunderstood, and that was another thing represented well in the movie. It showed people without the disorder that people with Asperger's are just as much of people as everyone else, and even better is that it showed people with the disorder the same thing. I would highly recommend this movie to anybody, whether you have Asperger's Syndrome or not. Expand
  4. PamelaB
    Aug 26, 2009
    9
    My husband and I took our 24 yr old son (with Asperger's) too see this - we had to leave - not because it wasn't good - it was so My husband and I took our 24 yr old son (with Asperger's) too see this - we had to leave - not because it wasn't good - it was so hard to watch - my son related too much to it, and got very nervous. My husband couldn't hold back the tears (mainly for our son) - I'll watch the movie again later, with my NT daughter. It was just too close to home. - I would recommend renting the movie if you plan on showing this to people with Asperer's and their families. Expand
  5. Apr 1, 2012
    8
    A beautiful film about love that leaves you all warmed up inside. Dancy is brilliant in portraying a guy suffering from Asperger's syndromeA beautiful film about love that leaves you all warmed up inside. Dancy is brilliant in portraying a guy suffering from Asperger's syndrome falling for the girl next door (played by Byrne who is a wonderful co-lead) who learns to love the man despite his idiosyncrasies. Expand
  6. Jun 11, 2011
    8
    I would really like to give this movie a solid 10, as Hugh Dancy's brilliant portrayal of a guy with Aspergers Syndrome really moves me. II would really like to give this movie a solid 10, as Hugh Dancy's brilliant portrayal of a guy with Aspergers Syndrome really moves me. I have aspergers and I feel I can see the AS in Adam in every single scene. I have bought more than 10 copies and given friends and familiy a copy whenever I've felt I needed them to see what its like to be me.
    Unfortunately, the story with Rose's fathers situation is a tad thin and feels mostly like filling.
    That will however not keep me from giving Adam a solid recommendation; This is a movie you simply have to see if you are - or more importantly know anybody who are - autistic.
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  7. ChristopherR.
    Jul 31, 2009
    4
    Boring!

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