A satisfying enough slice of semi-content suburban life ...
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2015-05-08
Adult Beginners is a darkly funny indie film about family and second chances.
Liz Braun, Toronto Sun, 2015-05-07
"Adult Beginners" is one of those agreeable small-scale movies that doesn't seem particularly ambitious; its only goal is to charm, and it does so, irresistibly.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-04-30
"Adult Beginners" doesn't reinvent the comeuppance comedy, and it's a better movie because of it.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-04-30
"Adult Beginners" has enough going on to work as a mostly unchallenging time-passer, and nothing more.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-04-30
In other words, we're getting a nice, well-written, solid movie about people we believe would actually exist in real life.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-04-26
The kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2015-04-23
It's all very low stakes. We know how this is going to turn out. But it is a pleasure watching Kroll and Byrne to the end.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-04-23
It's harmless and mild and likable, but it's also a toothless comedy that should have had some bite.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-04-23
Like last year's equally promising The Skeleton Twins, it soars whenever it sticks to persuasively lived-in sibling banter (Rose Byrne is sharp as ever).
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2015-04-23
Adult Beginners has no agenda for subtlety.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2015-05-07
It's a sitcom setup that husband-and-wife screenwriters Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive manage to (almost) cover with a fresh coat of funny and touching.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2015-04-24
The director Ross Katz, making his feature directing debut, does occasionally move the camera around, but for the most part he just points and shoots his performers talking, joking, whining, sharing and caring.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-04-23
The relative success or failure of "Adult Beginners," directed with a steady, nonjudgmental hand by Ross Katz, depends on how funny you find Kroll. I find him funny-ish.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2015-04-23
Fittingly, the film has an adult beginning before slowly sinking into infantile platitudes.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-04-23
A slightly sourish cocktail of bad behavior, wry observation, and commentary on how difficult modern life can be, especially for characters who feel entitled to a better one.
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal, 2015-04-23
The not-funny-enough dialogue can't mask writer Kroll's unoriginal plot. Still, he can smirk with the best of them.
Katherine Pushkar, New York Daily News, 2015-04-23
The early scenes are acidly funny... By the end, though, this has turned into a Tim Allen movie.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-04-23
It glides along the surface where conversations that include the question "Are you really happy?" pass for bonding.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2015-04-23
Neither dramatic enough to qualify as drama nor amusing enough to completely succeed as comedy, it's the kind of movie that coasts on pleasantness, content to elicit a few smiles before disappearing from memory banks.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-04-23