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  • Summary: Amy (Emma Roberts) is a naïve, awkward aspiring poet in a post-grad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a bland upstate New York town, certain of her yet-to-be-acknowledged literary greatness and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, theAmy (Emma Roberts) is a naïve, awkward aspiring poet in a post-grad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a bland upstate New York town, certain of her yet-to-be-acknowledged literary greatness and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop. Amy balances her work amongst the pornography and sex toys by fiercely pursuing a surefire kick start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive, crusty and alcoholic writer Rat Billings (John Cusack). [IFC FIlms] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 11, 2014
    90
    Adult World captures beautifully, and with a great deal of self-deprecating humor, what it's like to feel trapped in a place you think is too small to hold you.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 13, 2014
    70
    Mr. Cusack’s sardonic, understated portrayal of Rat, who is not quite what he says he is, grounds the movie in a wistfully cynical realism.
  4. 63
    There’s nothing deep in this script, and the delayed romance, between real-life lovers Roberts and Evan Peters (of “American Horror Story”) sets off no sparks. The characters are sort of a grab bag of “types.”
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 11, 2014
    60
    The story beats are as familiar as they come, and there are a few halfhearted stabs at redeeming Roberts’s clueless character when it would have been better to push her feeble-mindedness to Anna Faris–esque extremes.
  6. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 14, 2014
    50
    Cusack's distinctive handling of his sullen poet offers an opportunity for Adult World to make a statement about youthful ambition and middle-age disillusionment beyond Billings dubbing Amy and her peers as "Generation Mundane." But the film just stops short of truly achieving that goal.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 12, 2014
    25
    Incompetently directed by Scott Coffey and weakly written by Andrew Cochran, a rotten egg called Adult World is anything but.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    8
    Adult World is a movie you may end up loving despite its drawbacks. Its main flaw is the loose directing which lets actors and scenes flow inAdult World is a movie you may end up loving despite its drawbacks. Its main flaw is the loose directing which lets actors and scenes flow in a freewheeling fashion that lacks discipline. It feels like a first or second film by a director recently released from movie school. However, we have a wonderful main actress here who positively shines in her role, the widely ambitious poetry lover who is just learning about the 'adult world'. Cusack continues his tradition of choosing indie roles with a bit of bite and originality and plays the role of disillusioned poet with skill - if Hollywood doesn't exactly love him there are plenty of seasoned movie fans who do.

    That the adult world is a place destined to disillusion is not a new message or theme but one which bares repeating over and over and this movie does it in a worthwhile and admirable way. In our celebrity mad culture there are few enough voices assuring that it is all a waste of time, a play of illusion, here Cusack's world weary poet lets his young fan know of the drawbacks of fame in no uncertain terms.
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  2. Lyn
    Jan 21, 2015
    6
    She's not a mythic heroine, she's not dying of cancer, she's not adorably snarky or preternaturally sexy ... at times she's laughablyShe's not a mythic heroine, she's not dying of cancer, she's not adorably snarky or preternaturally sexy ... at times she's laughably unlikable. So "Amy" is not your typical girl "coming of age" in a movie. But I liked the hyper angst of her character -- smart, but somewhat handicapped by being in the generation who were told they were Special ever since preschool. With just enough input from the gently cliched supporting characters, we see her acquire a little pain and a little wisdom ... and unless you're heartless, you'll probably find yourself hoping she's gonna be OK. Expand
  3. May 13, 2014
    3
    I'm not an unappreciated teenager girl, so probably i'm not the target of this movie, but i'll say that it's just a bunch of old clichés. AndI'm not an unappreciated teenager girl, so probably i'm not the target of this movie, but i'll say that it's just a bunch of old clichés. And it's worse because the movie is actually introduced as if it is original with all the "adult shop" thing, that never get used in a funny way. Oh and it's boring and won't make you laugh. Really bad. Expand

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