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Adore Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The disparity between the inherently trashy appeal of the story and the self-serious way it's presented cripples much of the potential for enjoyment. The setup screams pulp, but the film doles out stately drama.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    A ludicrous melodrama that begs to be handled as an over-the-top sex farce is instead treated with the solemnity of a wake, albeit one with a rather lenient dress code.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    Everything is spelled out literally and at a stultifying pace, in a story that might have worked onscreen as either heightened melodrama or farcical comedy. Instead Fontaine, who is not exactly blessed with a light touch, opts for misplaced sincerity.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Adore has the distinction of featuring some of the most laughable dialogue in any movie this year.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Unsatisfying but sexed-up drama tackles controversial theme.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Adore is an ultimately unsatisfying indie drama (based on a story by Doris Lessing) about a friendship that spans from childhood to adulthood. The movie deals with mature themes, including adultery, infidelity, and sex (frequent but not overly graphic; backsides are shown, but no fronts) between couples who are decades apart in age and, more important, know each other almost like family. It may be too confusing for younger teens and tweens. Expect plenty of swearing (particularly "f--k"), as well as cigarette smoking and some drinking, including by characters who are in college but not yet 21.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays sex. Is it meaningful? How does it impact the relationships in the movie? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Are May-December love affairs doomed from the start? What is the movie's stand on the idea?
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The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Amid themes of adultery and infidelity, there's a message that friendships require commitment and honest communication.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Roz and Lil are loyal to each other, sometimes to their detriment. They also, at least when their kids were younger, seemed to be attentive, thoughtful mothers.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some loud arguments; a surfing accident is shown, with the man wiping out and hitting rocks.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several scenes in which couples are shown having sex, sometimes with their backsides exposed. Viewers don't see genitalia, but sex acts are simulated.

  • language false3

    Language: Liberal use of "f--k," plus "s--t" and one "c--t."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Toyota, Apple, and Saab all make appearances.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mothers drink with their college-aged sons (they're under 21 for most of the movie), sometimes to the point of inebriation. Some cigarette smoking.