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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 22, 2013
    Admission is not especially funny. The trailer can’t seem to make up its mind. On the one hand, it looks like a satire of academia. On the other hand, it could be a gentle rom-com. In truth, it’s neither.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Mar 21, 2013
    Where "About a Boy" was both funny and wise about urban alienation, Admission settles for skin deep.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 21, 2013
    Admission works in stops and starts.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 6, 2013
    Deftly playing Tina Fey's feminist-icon mother, Lily Tomlin all but steals Admission, a knowing but uneven comedy about the neuroticism of the college-admission process on both sides of the equation.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 21, 2013
    I'd see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in anything, but this is pushing it. Admission is so slight that a breeze could flatten it.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 22, 2013
    Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn’t Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is? Does being a movie star mean blanding out everything that makes you special?
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 21, 2013
    The bad news about Admission is that this thin envelope of a comedy checks all the boxes for being a phoned-in, phony, padded rom-com.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 1, 2013
    What can be said about a perfectly charming movie that the critics got so terribly wrong? It's a story with great heart and humor, one that hits all the right notes, including strong performances from Fey and Rudd and Tomlin as well as the rest of the supporting cast members. Finally a movie without explicit sex, bathroom humor, endless profanity, and graphic violence—a really good romantic comedy that deal with matters of the heart. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    My wife and I LOVED this movie. Charming, charming, charming. I don't usually disagree vehemently with the roster of professional critics, but with this movie, I am baffled by the low scores. Paul Rudd and Tina Fey are wonderful, the script is delightful, and puts the viewer a little off balance, keeping the surprise element always in play. We don't like predictable scripts, and this was far from it; two original characters, who travel a wonderfully circuitous path toward the "happy ending." This movie was one of our favorites of the year. We're so tired of the mega-violent and teen-angst flicks that Hollywood is perpetually foisting on the public. It was so refreshing to go to the movies and laugh, smile, empathize, and simply dream along with the lead characters. This review wouldn't be complete without a tip of the hat to Lily Tomlin, who puts in a stellar performance, playing Tina Fey's stridently feminist author mother. Wonderful! Please go see this movie, and take your friends and family. You will be thankful that you did. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    It was a good movie, but not great.This is a relaxing movie to watch with little drama and comedy. Nothing I can clearly remember that stood out to much. I did like the characters. It gives you just about what you should expect. If your looking for an action movie I don`t even know why you put this on. Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was promised by the main character of the movie Portia that I would know on how to “get in” so I can finally be finished watching this goddamn mediocre movie. And before the credits roll, she repeated the question “How do you get in?” and she finally answered and her answer was, “Sorry. I can’t tell you. You have to find out yourself.”

    God, that was a waste of time. But that’s not the part where it cringed me the most.

    What cringed me the most was the romance part of the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the chemistry between Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. But the romance seemed to make the movie a chick-flick with cheesy exchange dialogues that was supposed to be smart with words, which it failed to make it sound smart with words. And the romantic part of the movie felt unnecessary in my opinion. It could have done better without it.

    The characters in this movie were awful and annoying. I did not like Portia despite being played by the wonderful Tina Fey because she seemed like a woman having her midlife crisis and I don’t want to waste my time watching a movie about people having midlife crisis if it’s not portrayed in a humorous way. I did not like John despite being played by the handsome Paul Rudd because instead of being charming, he is creepy as **** despite the dashing look of Paul Rudd. But the character I did not like the most was Portia’s mother Susannah. She uses her “independent from men” attitude to hide her insecurities and that is utter **** and sexist.

    The only character in this movie that I liked was Jeremiah. I relate to him very much and he is that guy you want to be friends with. And since he is played by Nat Wolff, I feel like I have this weird deep connection with the characters he played on The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love and this movie. “and that’s not so bad”. (By the way, that was a stupid line to end a movie but it’s a good line to use to end this paragraph).

    The highlight of this movie was the humor. It was simple, yet harsh and the comedic timing was just right. Unfortunately, it did not help this movie to impress me more.

    As for the plot twists goes, it was shocking and unpredictable but it felt anti-climatic on how these conflicts were solved and I think this was a major flaw of the entire movie.

    Would I see this again? No, absolutely not even though I admit it was funny. I will just watch Baby Mama and The Fault in Our Stars while I wait for Paul Rudd’s debut as Ant-Man next year. And of course, I won’t be mad at Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff that they were involved in this movie. I am not that kind of person.
  5. Mar 23, 2013
    I think the Metascore is about right on for this one. I like Paul Rudd and Tina Fey is solid, but the writing/editing of this story needed tightening up. The end is awkward, the crisis is mishandled, and the subject matter overall getting a kid into Princeton is just not quite interesting enough to form the backbone of a feature film at least the way it's written here. Lilly Tomlin does a nice job in a very small role. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2013
    Fay and Rudd were two good elements in Admission but it seems like director Paul Weitz has lost his taste in making films. The actors were solid and great in types of chemistry but the story didn't excite or convince me of watching it again. The movie's main elements were great but as the plot thickens the movie startes to bore rather than laugh, the jokes weren't funny and the acting was so so. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2013
    It had it's humorous and entertaining moments, but there were not enough of them. It starts out to be decent, then it kind of loses your attention as you start wondering when it's gonna end and you get bored. Let's face it, the movie had no point in being made and I have no idea why it was. Expand

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