Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 6, 2013
    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. Reviewed by: Johanna Schneller
    Sep 5, 2013
    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
    Adore at its core is a bore, nothing more.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 5, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    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, but Isn't it a fantasy we are looking for movies? Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2014
    What woman , who is honest, would not want to be in this situation?? Sexy, passionate and intense. It makes you think about the different personalities of people Of how some are so much more emotionally involved and others are in much more control. The purpose of life is to love and be loved. This movie is indeed a guilty pleasure in more ways than one. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    I never thought I would like this movie but I was wrong. The story is not as strange as one would think once you see the relationship of the mothers. The movie was sexy and the location gorgeous. Loved watching Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. Full Review »