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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, 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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  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. 75
    The tendency for an actor in a role like this is to overact. The result is often disastrous, reducing a character into a caricature. Hugh Dancy, adopting an American accent as effectively as the mannerisms of someone on the moderate portion of the Asperger's spectrum, makes Adam believable and generally sympathetic.
  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. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    A very superficial look at what it may be like trying to romance someone on the autistic scale.
  6. 50
    Is a man with Asperger’s boyfriend material? It’s difficult to determine how we wind up here, but it’s strange that a movie ostensibly about a man and his lack of social options left me depressed about a woman and hers.
  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
    This 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. Sep 13, 2010
    Adam is a hilarious movie. The combination of a toy designer who has Asperger's Syndrome and his neighbor(Neither of whom understand each other)are what makes Adam the masterpiece it is. Don't miss it. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2011
    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. 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.
  4. Apr 1, 2012
    A 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
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. My nephew whose name is Adam has Asperger's so we were all able to relate. Although the movie's Adam is much higher functioning the markers are there. One of them we could really relate to was when Adam was explaining to Beth astronomy and sciences and she said she didn't understand. He just started over thinking he needed to repeat himself. It wasn't a great movie and I probably would not have liked it at all except we found it interesting because of my nephew. Expand

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