Adore

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24

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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 6, 2013
    38
    Working from a script by the gifted Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), who seems to have traded his wit for a paycheck, Fontaine manages the trick of making sex joyless. Like porn. Then she tops that by draining her film of variety, longing and feminist insight. Like farce. Ouch.
  2. 38
    Outré love stories are great, as are love stories that make viewers squirm. But they have to ring true emotionally, and despite its talented cast, Adore does not.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 6, 2013
    37
    Adore at its core is a bore, nothing more.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    One of the things that makes Adore, which was written by Christopher Hampton, hard to take seriously is how seriously it takes itself, how utterly purged of humor or credible human complication the drama at its center turns out to be.
  5. Reviewed by: John Oursler
    Sep 3, 2013
    30
    The disparity between the inherently trashy appeal of the story and the self-serious way it's presented cripples much of the potential for enjoyment. The setup screams pulp, but the film doles out stately drama.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 28, 2013
    30
    Everything is spelled out literally and at a stultifying pace, in a story that might have worked onscreen as either heightened melodrama or farcical comedy. Instead Fontaine, who is not exactly blessed with a light touch, opts for misplaced sincerity.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 27, 2013
    30
    A ludicrous melodrama that begs to be handled as an over-the-top sex farce is instead treated with the solemnity of a wake, albeit one with a rather lenient dress code.
  8. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 19, 2013
    25
    Only genuinely talented people can make pictures this bad and misguided. “This whole thing is unacceptable,” Lil remarks at one point. That goes for the movie, too.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Sep 12, 2013
    25
    Just one more touch of “realism” in a sexual melodrama played so straight that it’s nuts.
  10. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 6, 2013
    25
    So deadly serious and yet so goofily unbound that, in some scenes, incest truly seems like it's on the scandalous menu.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 5, 2013
    20
    Though Fontaine makes sure the beaches are sun-dappled and the women’s shared house comes off like a sandy paradise, the movie is like the early-’80s groaner “Summer Lovers” with wrinkle lines. Hooray for the freedom and beauty of older women — a demographic that deserves better than the deplorable Adore.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    9
    hot, hot, hot. Beautiful place, beautiful people. It was a sit back, relax and enjoy kind of movie. No violence. Sure it's a fantasy, buthot, hot, hot. Beautiful place, beautiful people. It was a sit back, relax and enjoy kind of movie. No violence. Sure it's a fantasy, but Isn't it a fantasy we are looking for movies? Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2016
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Some years back Michael Caine and Joseph Bologna got together with their teenage daughters on the beaches of Rio and threw their ambitions to the wind. Nothing much to remember from Blame it on Rio other than it was Demi Moore's first major role. It seems even Demi has enough sense now to shy away from a script like this, but not Robin Wright and Naomi Watts who make one for the moms, lusting over each other's hunky sons, and ultimately finding themselves in the same predicament as Michael and Joseph 30 years before.

    Unlike its predecessor, the creators of Adore chose to take their subject seriously, kind of like another ill-fated Demi Moore movie, Indecent Proposal. What might have been campy fun turns into painful drama as the two mothers simply can't let go of each other's sons even when they become grandmothers, which was apparently the original idea of this story by Doris Lessing. However, Robin and Naomi just come across as GMILFs.

    I wouldn't have even bothered with this movie had it not turned up on late night television. What is worrisome is that these are two actresses at the peak of their careers. Wright had just started House of Cards and Watts has the luxury to throw away roles given her copious filmography. There isn't much you can draw out of roles like these, at least from a dramatic point of view, but they struggled valiantly to do so. Fortunately, they both moved on quickly, putting this nonsense behind them.
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  3. Jun 1, 2015
    9
    An excellent movie. It's full of temptation, passion, guilt, innocence, confusion and love. I don't know what the big fuss is about ageAn excellent movie. It's full of temptation, passion, guilt, innocence, confusion and love. I don't know what the big fuss is about age differences. Everyone in it was of legal age. I adored this movie. Full Review »