Adventureland (2009)

Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 3, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The youths of Superbad were a little bit younger, a little more likable, their dirty-virgin wit more hilarious [than in Adventureland].

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Daniel Kasman

...a comedy so human it is tragic.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The story is semi-autobiographical, but has a gentler touch than his prior work on Superbad, and certainly relies less on slapstick episodes.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Adventureland isn't as clever as Kicking, and not nearly as hilarious as Superbad, but it's still a sweet little memory ache, a Proustian cookie co-flavored with semiotics and Whitesnake.

Jason Bailey

A film so tuned in to the pre-collegiate experience that scenes which play as comedy to some audiences will land as harrowing tragedy to others.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Audiences expecting another dumb wallow will be startled, and I hope enlivened, by this movie's core of feeling.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Adventureland earns its edge-of-adulthood sweetness and has characters with real hearts under their goofy T-shirts.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

Greg Mottola's third feature is more emotionally rich than his The Daytrippers and Superbad, but it's still more interested in the comedy than the woe and anxiety of the transition into adulthood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A movie set in the 80's some interesting charters with deent acting from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Watching this though looked Stewart channeled… More
Manu Gino
Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job. Saw it again! Great Movie! To me this movie really touched me and I felt like a kid again seeing this… More
Alice Shen
Hokay, so when I first saw this movie, I LOVED it. Like, haven't-had-a-new-favorite-movie-in-a-long-time LOVED it. I thought it had the lewd humor of… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A beautiful, well-written and well-filmed comedy that features impressive performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Between the intimate… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A delightful, sweet and sensitive coming-of-age story directed by Greg Motolla, who also made the incredibly hilarious Superbad, and it has a nostalgic… More
Lanning : )
A beautiful little movie about growing up and finding your first true love. I know, aren't there about a kazillion movies about this subject. Yes there… More