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.

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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London Evening Standard

Adventureland is reminiscent of indie movies like Breaking Away, Dazed and Confused and Clerks. You could put it another way and say it's not very original. Yet, watching the movie, you're too swept up in James's problems to care.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

A sincere, if somewhat Hollywoodized, coming-of-age love story.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Content to occupy that middle ground where insights are authentic but far from revelatory and comedy is more amiable than riotous.

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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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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Greg Mottola beautifully captures the awkwardness of post-adolescence in his semi-autobiographical romantic comedy - and he does a pretty good job of evoking the look and mood of late-1980s America too.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Without recourse to frilly cuffs or a montage to A Flock Of Seagulls' greatest hit, it plays the '80s card for something heartfelt.

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Toby Young
Times (UK)

The whole enterprise is infused with a quality of feeling, an integrity, that is rare in such a commercial film.

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Richard Propes

Adventureland is a fine film.

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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