Dying Young (1991)



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Directed by Joel Schumacher, Dying Young was adapted from a novel by Marti Leimbach. When Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott) discovers that he is suffering from leukemia, his wealthy family hires pretty, young Hillary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) to help nurse him through his chemotherapy treatment. As the two struggle through the debilitating effects of Victor's treatment, they fall in love and attempt to make the most of their time together. Campbell Scott's real mother, the late Colleen Dewhurst, plays … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Written By: Richard Friedenberg
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On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

Where most contemporary directors would be looking for ways to demonstrate their superiority to the material -- dropping in campy asides or meaningless technical flourishes -- Schumacher is looking for ways to make it work.

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Chicago Tribune
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Yes, it is good to see how much of a difference actors can make with flimsy material, but wouldn't it be nice if they had something with more than the emotional weight of a Twinkie to work on?

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Los Angeles Times
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The onslaught-of-illness stuff is rendered not with emotion but with makeup and lighting. The actors are reduced to models in a film that tries to sell compassion by the shot.

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New Yorker
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These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.

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Orlando Sentinel
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Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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Worst of all, Dying Young is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other.

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Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Dying Young

She gave him something nobody else could. A reason to live.

Wahida K

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Sappy. It's so sappy that it's like the sap that drips onto your car and removes the paint.

Summer W.

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it was ok sad film but shows gr8 companion ship and that someone will do anything for love not one of her bests though

Film Crazy

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