• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Joel Schumacher
    In Theaters:
    Jun 21, 1991 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 3, 2004
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Dying Young Reviews

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2013
Jack Yeovil
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

July 1, 2013

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

Full Review Source: Film4

July 1, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 1, 2013
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 1, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

July 1, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 1, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 1, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 1, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Hilary O'Neil is poor but healthy, uneducated but full of spunky common sense. Victor Geddes is rich but mortally ill, overeducated and understandably fearful and withdrawn. In other words, they are made for each other.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 1, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Dying Young isn't a shameless weeper, but that's not necessarily to its credit. In a genre like this, sometimes ''tasteful'' just means confused.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

June 20, 2011
Variety Staff
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Julia's hot; Dying Young is lukewarm.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine

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

| Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2009
David Ansen
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A movie like this has only one not-so-noble reason to exist: to make us sob. And it just doesn't deliver the goods.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 18, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Shamateurishly directed, this Roberts vehicle traversing the clichéd class-clash/love story territory of Pretty Woman is a dog.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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