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Big Time Adolescence Reviews

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January 16, 2020
[W]ith its low-key visual style, there's a pointed dullness to the kids' exploits that correlates with their brand of ersatz empathy.
April 8, 2019
Big Time Adolescence follows a fairly typical coming-of-age template, but is strengthened by a pair of very strong lead performances from Gluck and Davidson.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 13, 2019
Jason Orley knows how to use his most valuable assets to make this familiar story shine like new in a hysterical package.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 5, 2019
Big Time Adolescence works as well as it does because writer-director Jason Orley shares with us a fictional version of his life story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2019
I'm eager to see what everyone here does next, including Orley and Gluck, but especially Pete Davidson.
February 4, 2019
Orley's script is smart and knowing in all the right ways, delivering a steady stream of ridiculously bad ideas and sharp one-liners for his cast to run with, but also showing how vulnerable all his characters are.
February 3, 2019
The film's comedic pull rests on Davidson's grimy likability and he more than pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2019
Pete Davidson is all you'll really remember when you leave the theater. And for many, that'll be enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 1, 2019
The surprising melancholy of the film juxtaposed with the quick wit of Davidson does hint at something worthy in Orley's vision, but it's just not quite enough to set the world on fire.
February 1, 2019
There's no escaping Davidson's public identity while watching him play a stoner... Big Time Adolescence proves Davidson also has range.
February 1, 2019
A sturdy dramedy that makes up for its lack of depth in scrappy charm, and a willingness to admit that sometimes the best characters are ones destined to screw everything up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 31, 2019
Big Time Adolescence is something of a triumph for Davidson. It's a modest, familiar movie, certainly, with themes about growing older and leaving the people you idolize behind, but his weirdly compelling screen presence elevates it.
January 31, 2019
These things should never be clear. A deceptively direct film like this just gets it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2019
It sings the most when Davidson is on-screen, shuffling around with his lanky gait, screwing things up with the best of intentions.
January 30, 2019
Pete Davidson is exceptionally well-cast in this fun comedy.
January 30, 2019
If Big Time isn't exactly a PSA for good adulting, it's still an endearingly messy portrait of boyhood and manhood and all the lessons in between.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 30, 2019
The film is often funny but rarely uproarious, kinda sweet but not terribly touching. The life lessons it ultimately imparts are perfectly reasonable, but they're also ones you've heard from your own nagging parents dozens of times before.
January 29, 2019
Big Time Adolescence is going to be a movie teens watch over and over again at sleepovers. Or they'll all watch their own copies on their phones or a shared Netflix account, however kids watch movies these days.
January 29, 2019
It's Davidson who steals and carries the film, and it's a shame that Zeke is flat enough to be that easily expendable-Davidson is anything but.
January 29, 2019
I enjoy Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live" as much as the next person, but the coarse coming-of-age comedy "Big Time Adolescence" is proof that Davidson's abrasive stoner persona is best consumed in small doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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