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Fresh: Fey and Rudd] are fun to watch, though not as much fun as they might have been in a riskier, crazier movie.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 21, 2013
Rotten: You could call it a dramedy, I guess, but that manufactured term suggests a blending of the two elements. Here they exist almost as separate genres squeezed into the same movie.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, March 21, 2013
Rotten: What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one.
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, March 22, 2013
Even though Tina Fey has a few witty lines, there is simply nothing here.
- ghostdog86, Monday, April 8, 2013
Entertaining. It was a rather complicated plot but they pulled it off without being contrived. Tina Fey is pretty good as a regular actress--just enough funny to be appealing, just enough regular to make the character believable. Paul Rudd is the perfect date movie, well, date. The movie itself is, I'm assuming, a rather realistic look at how admission to an Ivy League school works in 2013, which is frightening. That kids arrive for opening day of college in anything other than complete mental collapse is a miracle. The movie was also an interesting look at motherhood/fatherhood and people leaving their DNA strewn around without thought of the consequence. Only nit-pick--and isn't there always one?--is the mother (Lily Tomlin) who was GREAT, but her role as a self-absorbed a*h* of an ex-hippie mother is a disturbing trend in movies. They aren't ALL like that, although they might be the most interesting.
- bathshebamonk, Friday, March 29, 2013
Portia: You all want to know the secret to getting in. Admission is a film that I do not have anything against, for what it is, but I also do not have a whole lot to say about it, as the film is pretty bland. At this point, I saw the film a few weeks ago and it really did not make much of a lasting impression. In regards to its setting and what we learn about an admissions process, the story presents something new, to an extent, but the film is still fairly predictable. It would be hard for a film that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd to be unlikable, which is why I do not outright despise the film, but Admission has a lack of energy in a film that has stars capable of spouting fun zingers. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com
- DrZeek, Friday, March 22, 2013