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Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in Admission, the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At the heart of the problem with this movie are matters of logic and cogency."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"This is certainly an interesting idea, though the movie is badly handicapped by Fey, who must venture beyond her usual snippiness into scenes of genuine poignancy and proves unequal to the task."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A romantic dramedy about a passionate erudite oddball woman with her own life? Hooray!"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"An engaging cast holds our interest even when this rom-com meanders down unnecessary sideroads and dips into corny sentimentality."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Have you ever wondered how the admission procedure functions in Ivy League universities? No, me neither."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The many strands of this amiable yet overstuffed romantic comedy don't hang together, though each, on its own, has a modest charm."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn't Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"What's a romantic comedy to do when it is neither romantic nor comedic? When that film is Admission, it plunges forward drunkenly, hoping to overcome its inadequacies with goodwill created by the cast."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Princeton must have thought this film could help its reputation. It's more likely to increase applications to Yale, Harvard and MIT."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"There are chuckles and moving moments, just not enough of them."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"If Fey ends up making movies as good as this one over the next few years, television's loss will have been cinema's gain, for real."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"Overstays its welcome before petering out unremarkably."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Given two options, Admission routinely takes the less interesting of the two, and wastes a great deal of on-screen talent in the process."
‑ Joe Cunningham, HeyUGuys
"Intermittently sharp but often dully over-extended."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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