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Straitlaced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted -- but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.

Actors: Christopher Evan Welch , Tina Fey , Paul Rudd , Ann Harada , Ben Levin , Dan Levy , Maggie Keenan-Bolger , Gloria Reuben , Wallace Shawn , Elaine Kussack
Directors: Paul Weitz
Country: USA
Release: 2013-03-22
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Admission is not especially funny. The trailer can’t seem to make up its mind. On the one hand, it looks like a satire of academia. On the other hand, it could be a gentle rom-com. In truth, it’s neither.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The result is a picture curiously yet intriguingly at odds with itself: One moment is edgy, the next is not; the cast is terrific, the direction is not; here it’s satirically sharp, there it’s sloppily sentimental; now we’re happily engaged, then we’re cruelly dumped. Some films are electric – Admission settles for alternating current.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Admission ultimately can’t quite figure out what kind of a film it wants to be, so like a lot of promising but unfocused contenders, it never quite lives up to its potential. But there’s value to be found in its meandering.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Admission, a likably breezy campus movie directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), is blissfully non-insulting.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Where "About a Boy" was both funny and wise about urban alienation, Admission settles for skin deep.

    NPR Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Largely because of its engaging cast, Admission is an amiable, but only slightly-above-average, comic romp.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    She’s (Fey) so good that — up to a point — you can ignore Paul Weitz’ erratic direction and a patchy script, both of which clumsily handle shifts between comedy and drama.

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    My evaluation is to wait-list Admission and catch it when it reaches the less demanding platform of home video.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Admission works in stops and starts.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Cheerful, skittish entertainment that never takes its subject seriously enough.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    There's a good movie in this story. The one that got made is roughly half-good.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Fey plays this inner-outer conflict well. But at her most wide-eyed and vulnerable, she still has trouble making a romance credible, even with Rudd, edgy comedy’s puppy dog of a leading man.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    I found myself curiously willing to overlook Admission’s weaknesses, or even to reinterpret them as strengths — couldn’t those inconclusive endings be seen as a refreshingly un-rom-com-like embrace of life’s open-endedness and complexity?

    Slate Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Lily Tomlin gives the movie a boost as Portia's radical feminist mother, who would hate this movie.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Everybody in Admission is funny - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn - but they're not funny in Admission.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Admission is one film you may not want to get into.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Admission is pleasant enough. Even when off a bit, the talent of the cast assures that. But it’s still a disappointment. You might say it, ahem, doesn’t make the grade.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The movie’s just too boring and middlebrow. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Weitz lines up a target placed at the explosive intersection of class, race, region and every other source of societal anguish, and then does not so much miss as aim in another direction — or several — letting fly a volley of darts that land as lightly as badminton birdies.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    I'd see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in anything, but this is pushing it. Admission is so slight that a breeze could flatten it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Admission has some sublime moments, most of them involving Fey and Rudd dancing around their inevitable romance. The problem is in the foundation.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Never finding its right tone, Admission uncomfortably founders between the story’s comic and dramatic aspects and leaves behind a lumpy residue that tars its likable leads.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Weitz, an openhearted director if not always a precise one, can't bring himself to whet the knives. Only Fey drills to the center of what Admission might have been—her performance has more layers of emotion than the picture does.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Deftly playing Tina Fey's feminist-icon mother, Lily Tomlin all but steals Admission, a knowing but uneven comedy about the neuroticism of the college-admission process on both sides of the equation.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • William Goss

    Actions do have their consequences, though, and Weitz doesn’t try to end things too tidily for their own good. Were only that he had succeeded in committing to one of those films over the other, then Admission might have been this year’s “Liberal Arts” rather than this year’s “Smart People.” Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The comedy feels forced as Fey works overtime to insert unnecessary zingers at the tail of every scene. If the cast weren’t so endearing, her actions could easily sour an audience on the whole experience, and Admission digs itself a hole only an ensemble this appealing can escape.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Doris Day will be 89 in two weeks, which makes her exactly half a century too old to play the lead in Admission. That’s a pity, as perhaps only she could have done it justice – if it had been made in 1958.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn’t Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is? Does being a movie star mean blanding out everything that makes you special?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The comic material really isn't there, and the plot transitions feel forced and uncomfortable.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The movie subverts expectations, and not in a good way, by seeming in a dither about its own identity. The romance is by the by, the comedy as sparse as can be. We’re left with a curious non-film about the pitfalls of higher education assessment. Odd.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • James White

    Occasionally charming but mostly bland fare from Weitz, despite the reliable cast. About A Boy remains the best showcase of his talents.

    Empire Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    These truly are dark and terrible times if we are forced to accept the elitist problems of an Ivy League college admissions officer as shameless fodder for a romcom.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    While Admission remains the story of a woman who comes to question her past choices and jeopardize her career, the movie version is lighter, fluffier and dramatically inert.

    Time Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Admission’s comedy has walls built around it; director Paul Weitz (About a Boy), normally a softener of harsh edges, might have been stymied by Fey’s snappy persona.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    That first half of Admission is a lot for an actress to overcome. It’s not just very bad, it’s very fast, as if someone had overwound the metronome. Fairly naturalistic lines are delivered at the pace of screwball zingers — which stubbornly refuse to zing.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • The estrogenic elements prove widely ineffectual, but they're just pieces of this overlong, overloaded misfire whose double-entendre title ultimately just goads the jaded viewer to admit defeat.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    It’s as if Weitz knows he’s got a corpse of a film on his hands -- never trust a movie when it feels as though you can see the director clasping the defibrillator.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Nobody doesn't like Tina Fey, and anyone aware of her starring role in Admission will be wishing her well. But wishing won't make this dramedy any less dreary than it is.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The bad news about Admission is that this thin envelope of a comedy checks all the boxes for being a phoned-in, phony, padded rom-com.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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