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Dying Young (1991)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 14

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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


Drama, Romance

Feb 3, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (30) | DVD (4)

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.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: 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?

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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?

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It also lacks cuteness, which a movie of this sort needs. A film as predictable as this one is seriously in need of scenes that stand out, scenes that give the movie a little life, no pun intended.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Donate the ticket money you would have spent to medical research, and stay home.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A decidedly dubious early 1990s love story from Joel Schumacher. The Kenny G sax solos don't help either.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

This is an upsetting, moving film -- not one for the weak of stomach, mind or heart.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Joel Schumacher's lamentable tear-jerker is a crass crossbreed of Love Story and Pretty Woman.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Dying Young belongs to the luminous Roberts. She is becoming one of the screen's finer actresses.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Joel Schumacher has converted Richard Friedenberg's cliche-ridden, uninspired script into a generally tasteful though altogether unexciting cinematic experience.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's not a strong or particularly endearing motion picture, caught in the stylish middle, with Schumacher Schumachering all over the film with extravagant lighting and blustery interiors.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

Just try and hold back the tears.. it's impossible

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dying Young

She gave him something nobody else could. A reason to live.
December 18, 2009
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.
February 8, 2009

Super Reviewer

it was ok sad film but shows gr8 companion ship and that someone will do anything for love not one of her bests though
July 4, 2008
Film Crazy

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Nothing groundbreaking but good.
July 28, 2009

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