To start things off, here is Michael Long's less-than-favorable review of the newly released Adventureland that opened this past Friday, April 3rd. Long writes for many different publications and websites, including National Review.
Here's an excerpt from his column:
"Miramax is marketing Adventureland using the ol’ bait-’n’-switch. Check out the poster: In big letters, right next to the title, are the magic words, “From the director of Superbad” — as in the sweet and funny but extra-raunchy Superbad, one of the most successful comedies of the last decade. As in the second-biggest money-maker (behind Knocked Up, ahead of The 40-Year-Old Virgin) from the Judd Apatow mafia.
So you’d assume Adventureland is a nasty comedy with a soft center. It’s not. At least, not often enough. Adventureland is all soft stuff, meaningless soft stuff at that, with only a little comedy sprinkled in — like a Dairy Queen Blizzard where they short you on cookie dough."