Adventureland Reviews

  • Adventureland doesn't quite soar -- it lopes along affectionately. But for nostalgia junkies, it's one from the heart.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The film, written and directed by Greg Mottola, plants its flag in thoroughly explored territory, but that familiarity turns out to be integral to its loose and scruffy appeal.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A tremendously funny and touching coming-of-age story, which he has set in the 1980s with a sprinkling of nicely chosen cultural references.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • While Adventureland may shift moods suddenly and meander, the highlight is Eisenberg's ability to endearingly convey gawkiness and mortification.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's the sort of flavorless, willfully quirky, occasionally amusing slice of suburban boredom that, for years, has given the Sundance Film Festival its soft, gooey center.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • I've seen Mottola's movie twice, and both times, it has inspired feelings of joy, sadness, and a profound yearning for the unrecoverable past.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

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

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

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

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • There's no mistaking Mottola's sincerity or his talent.

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • It proves Mottola has a sweet sensibility for intimate grins, as well as broad yuks.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Mottola's made a movie that will work like a voodoo charm on a small-but-dedicated audience: onetime slackers who'll not only dig the soundtrack but, probably, be sure to get it on vinyl.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • What makes the movie such an unexpectedly potent little number is that Adventureland comes to stand for Stagnationland; the real roller coaster (i.e., life) is just outside the park.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

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

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Director Greg Mottola, who made the rather wonderful Superbad, is back now with a sweeter story, more quietly funny, again about a hero who believes he may be a virgin outstaying his shelf life.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A little warmer, a little funnier and a lot more truthful than the last 20 or 30 of its ilk.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like its models, this is funny, smart, and complacent.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Adventureland mixes the intimate, indie vibe of Daytrippers with the absurdist screwball streak of Superbad, to winning effect.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Writer/director Greg Mottola's followup to his hit Superbad is the most utterly and engagingly human youth comedy I've seen in ages.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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