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Paul Weitz

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About the Movie

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the unexpected detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Year in and year out, Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) has lived her life by the book. But during her annual recruiting trip, she finds herself reconnecting with a former college classmate, free-spirited teacher John Pressman (Rudd). As she bends the entrance rules for one of his very unconventional students, Portia puts at risk the future she thought she always wanted, and finds her way to a surprising and exhilarating life she never dreamed of having. From director Paul Weitz (In Good Company), and co-starring Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin, it’s the feel-good movie critics call “funny and fresh!” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 149
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 92
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Admission settles for skin deep. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Mar 21, 2013

Rotten: The many strands of this amiable yet overstuffed romantic comedy don't hang together, though each, on its own, has a modest charm. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Apr 1, 2013

Rotten: Everybody in "Admission" is funny - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn - but they're not funny in "Admission." – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 21, 2013

Fresh: In their central roles, Rudd and Fey have a natural, unforced chemistry. John and Portia are cute as buttons, but they're also goofy, confused and flawed people. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Mar 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews


I bought this with high hopes but it was a boring, contrived stinker. Don't waste your money.

Nevermind the Haters

When I saw that the movie had 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, I thought “well, it DID look too good to be true.” So I didn’t see it in theaters. But as it turns out, it’s a great movie. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s thoughtful, enjoyable and authentic. The characters are not caricatures, as they so often seem to be in rom-coms. The conflicts and resolutions are realistic and not over-emotional and the story is relatable and interesting. No, I didn’t laugh out loud throughout, but I was surprised by many of the plot turns and the ending felt appropriate. A raucous comedy might not have hit home the way this movie did. It’s a great watch!

had to be one of the worst movies I've seen

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are usually very funny, but sadly this movie was not. It seemed to drag on forever. This is the first movie I've walked away from before it ended in a really long time. Stay as far away as possible!