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Only The Young (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California - a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing - yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims' delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG's innocent yet

Apr 29, 2013

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An elegant capture of the most elusive story of all: the awkward but nevertheless intense friendship between boys.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If you think one summer in the lives of three skate punks in a sunny Southern California Podunk wouldn't make a fresh, engaging documentary, "Only the Young" is here to prove you wrong.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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A charming, aimless film about the aimless. It plays like a nuanced MTV reality show (an oxymoron, perhaps, but you get the idea).

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims show genuine affection for their subjects but, despite some evocative visuals, never zero in on an involving structure or narrative.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet let their subjects meander, and instead unify their movie through tight control of tone, winding up with an elegiac portrait of teen America.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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In a slim 72 minutes, it heart-tethers us to these teenagers, paying tribute to their unique and private selves while allowing the audience to see its own reflection in them.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Only the Young is an original and handsome work that belies the age of the two young filmmakers behind it.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Swollen with sensitivity and sentiment -- a delicate coming-of-age snapshot which locates the unextinguished youth in all of us.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Captures the essence of modern teenage life with warmth, honesty, humor and compassion. It's equally endearing, relatable and entertaining.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Tippet and Mims's achievement is to reveal that culture, subtly, achingly, by allowing those who grew up under its influence to live and narrate their lives in the only terms they know.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Only the Young appreciates what it means to be young, to be naÔve and also skeptical, to have expectations and to resist them.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's not so much a documentary as a gentle, probing character study, cherishable in direct proportion to how lightly it wears its ambition.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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