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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A sweet, sharp coming-of-age romance, Adventureland is a little warmer, a little funnier and a lot more truthful than the last 20 or 30 of its ilk. Especially its Hollywood ilk.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Mottola, who wrote and directed 1996's "The Daytrippers," crafts smart, witty dialogue. But the movie suffers in tone. While much of the story feels like a brainier John Hughes comedy, it veers into more dramatic terrain and loses focus.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    With a keen affection for his own formative years, filmmaker Greg Mottola has crafted a funny and spunky amusement

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For nostalgia junkies, it's one from the heart.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Fairly thoughtful romcom masquerades as a raunchy indie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the R-rated comedy that came out in theaters and not the unrated version available on DVD. From the director of Superbad, which stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart, this will definitely appeal to teens. It's not quite as raunchy as Superbad, but there's still plenty of swearing and drug use (mostly pot). You can also expect some drinking, smoking, and sex (more along the lines of heavy makeout sessions than outright nudity). Characters talk about virginity frequently and sometimes mock those who are still virgins.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about sex and relationships. How do the characters' attitudes about sex compare to those of other "hard-R" teen comedies? Do they seem realistic to you? Why or why not?

  • What do you think of James' decision to remain a virgin until he meets the "right" woman? What does "right" mean? Why is he portrayed as being so different from his male peers?

  • Families can also discuss the characters' drinking and drug use. What are the consequences in real life?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie offers a refreshingly non-condescending take on young relationships.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Characters lie to each other, sometimes out of self-preservation. An alcoholic lets his child take the fall for having liquor stashed in the car. A married man cheats with a young woman who's in love with someone else, though she doesn't confess her liaison to the guy. Workers constantly gossip, and James' childhood friend needles him to the point of bullying.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some yelling, arguing, and threats of physical harm. One guy flashes a knife; another tries to beat up a park worker, though his boss scares the guy off with a baseball bat.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Heavy makeout sessions during which couples begin to undress down to their underwear, though viewers don't see them naked. Virgins are made fun of; some appear to flaunt their sexuality even as they discuss their need to wait. A couple goes swimming in their skivvies. One character appears physically aroused.

  • language false4

    Language: Very frequent use of everything from "bitch" and "p---y" to "s--t" and "f--k," including "ass," "hell," "screw," "oh my God," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of pot-smoking among college-aged characters; they also make brownies laced with weed, then act goofy after eating them. Also, lots of drinking -- both beer and hard liquor.