Adam Reviews

  • Adam is sweet, meticulous, and, at times, sort of clever, but it's also a not-quite-surprising-enough heartwarming trifle.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Hugh Dancy plays a Manhattan engineer who suffers from Asperger's syndrome in this charming romantic comedy.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Despite obvious good intentions, this feels dishonest, and I suspect not very true to life. Worst of all, it risks trivialising mental illness into lovable quirks.

    Cath Clarke — Guardian [UK]

  • Adam is a cut above most romances and boasts a intriguing conclusion. One comes away with a sense of hope, leavened by realism.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • At its best, Adam makes the viewer understand the frustration of living in a world in which everyone is a stranger.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • While it's probable that this movie will bring Asperger's to an audience that's never heard of or experienced it, it's also likely to bore them.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Other than Rose Byrne's on-screen radiance and a soothingly warm palette lit by cinematographer Seamus Tierney, there's not much to get passionate about in this amiable chamberpiece from theater director Max Mayer.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Adam succeeds at getting inside its hero's mind and, more impressively still, gives us entree to his singular soul.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Sure, it's complicated, but isn't that always true of romance? And doesn't it blow the hinges off the universe -- every single time?

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The two of them look terrific together, too -- enough so that you wish someone would cast them together in a much better movie.

    Cary Darling — Dallas Morning News

  • Adam wraps up the story in too tidy a package, insisting on finding the upbeat in the murky, and missing the chance to be more thoughtful about this challenging situation.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Written and directed by Max Mayer, this anodyne romantic comedy is as predictable as the alphabet but should hold particular appeal to women whose maternal impulses inflect their mating instincts.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • To its credit, Adam doesn't go for the cheap, easy solution. In that way, the film shares something of the spirit (and realism?) of (500) Days of Summer: an acknowledgment that not every close encounter, no matter how meaningful, can last forever.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Adam is a minor, tolerably enjoyable romance that doesn't add up to anything much.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There's no getting around the character's plight as an eternal outsider or the natural sympathy it draws. But writer-director Mayer never loses control of this fact, offering a story that's both sweet and tart, unique and familiar.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A touching and engaging film about a likable and attractive young man who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Emotionally potent performances, gently offbeat humor and writer-helmer Max Mayer's assured touch guide this tender New York love story to a quietly hopeful conclusion.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The beautifully crafted Adam offers no pat or easy answers to wrenching questions.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Adam is As Good as It Gets with a dash of Rain Man, movie comfort food, but still charms us through the familiar rhythms of its story.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The film rides on Dancy's wonderfully authentic performance.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

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