Adam (2009)

Adam (2009)


A bitterweet romantic-comedy from rooke writer/director Max Mayer. Soon after moving in, broken-hearted Beth (Rose Byrne, Marie Antoinette, Knowing), a brainy, beautiful writer, encounters Adam (Hugh Dancy, Confessions of a Shopaholic), an autistic fellow living in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. As Beth pulls Adam into the outside world, their tricky relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.

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It was bang on at explaining autism without being too stereotypical. It also shows that the saying 'true love conquers all' has relevance in modern times.


I can't wait to bring my flat mates along to see this film so I can watch it again. The characters are drawn with subtlety, affection and clever insight into modern relationships.

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  • Adam wraps up their story in too tidy a package, insisting on finding the upbeat in the murky, and missing the chance to be more thoughtful about this challenging situation. Full Review

  • A very superficial look at what it may be like trying to romance someone on the autistic scale. Full Review

  • A sensitive but not sentimental story about a romance involving a mentally challenged young man never makes a misstep. Full Review

  • Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better. Full Review

  • Emotionally potent performances, gently offbeat humor and writer-helmer Max Mayer's assured touch guide this tender New York love story to a quietly hopeful conclusion. Full Review