Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it.
Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times, 2014-03-07
It's packed with independent-film cliches, yet director Scott Coffey manages to rise above them, thanks largely to the performances of Emma Roberts and John Cusack.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-02-27
A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2014-02-13
Coffey knows his movie's at its best when Cusack and Roberts collide, and repeatedly uses them to overcome the script's limitations, and almost to dig a pit of chaos beneath it.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2014-02-13
Mr. Cusack's sardonic, understated portrayal of Rat, who is not quite what he says he is, grounds the movie in a wistfully cynical realism.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2014-02-13
This amiable, occasionally sharp-eyed movie makes us understand ... that lofty ambition often equals an evasion of hard work, humility and the insight that not everyone has what it takes.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2014-02-13
"Adult World" proceeds by fits and starts, but fans of Cusack won't want to miss his performance as the petulant poet, whose resistance is inevitably worn down by his persistent fan.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2014-02-12
Adult World captures beautifully, and with a great deal of self-deprecating humor, what it's like to feel trapped in a place you think is too small to hold you.
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 2014-02-11
The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role is particularly fun to watch.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 2014-02-11
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-03-06
"Adult World" is a coming-of-age story in which the starting age seems to be approximately 9. As a result, it just doesn't work.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-02-28
There's a lot of juvenile shenanigans in Adult World.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-02-13
This is the kind of cheesy, sketched-out idea for prurient adolescents that gives indie-prods a bad reputation.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2014-02-12
The story beats are as familiar as they come, and there are a few halfhearted stabs at redeeming Roberts's clueless character when it would have been better to push her feeble-mindedness to Anna Faris-esque extremes.
Keith Uhlich, Time Out, 2014-02-11
John Cusack delivers a deliciously deadpan performance in this uneven and self-consciously quirky dark comedy.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-02-11