(2009)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A sweet, sharp coming-of-age romance, Adventureland is a little warmer, a little funnier and a lot more truthful than the last 20 or 30 of its ilk. Especially its Hollywood ilk.
91
For nostalgia junkies, it's one from the heart.
88
The details are true and funny, played brilliantly.
88
The result is a sharp, insightful, charming motion picture.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
With a keen affection for his own formative years, filmmaker Greg Mottola has crafted a funny and spunky amusement
75
This film makes you wonder why aren't there more young love movies?
75
Mixes the intimate, indie vibe of "Daytrippers" with the absurdist screwball streak of "Superbad," to winning effect.
63
Adventureland throws a lot at us, but not enough of it sticks.
63
Mottola, who wrote and directed 1996's "The Daytrippers," crafts smart, witty dialogue. But the movie suffers in tone. While much of the story feels like a brainier John Hughes comedy, it veers into more dramatic terrain and loses focus.
60
There's no shortage of felicitous lines or interesting performances, yet the movie, like the amusement park of its title, feels constructed from familiar parts.
60
Adventureland has the structure of a Tilt-a-Whirl ride: It goes where you expect, and may fill you with dread.

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