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Wasted on the Young (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Nov 30, 2010 Wide

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 787

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Movie Info

A young woman finds her reputation is at stake when she refuses to date a charming bully in this intelligent teen drama from Australia. Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) is a smart, pretty girl who is attending an exclusive private school favored by wealthy, upper-class families. Xandrie is infatuated with Darren (Oliver Ackland), a handsome but quiet boy with an interest in computers, but Darren's step-brother Zack (Alex Russell), who is at the top of the school status ladder, has his eye on her. Zach … More

Rating:
R (for violence, disturbing behavior, language, drug use, drinking and brief graphic nudity -all involving teens)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Ben C. Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 23, 2013
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Wasted on the Young

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

Wasted on the Young's pulsating soundtrack, immediate direction by first time filmmaker Lucas ... and Leanne Cole's hectic editing all lend the film a vibrancy that is sorely lacking in a lot of cinema these days.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Onya Magazine

A scorching ultra modern morality fable that uses school grounds, party houses and internet connections as stomping grounds for social allegory.

Full Review… | November 21, 2011

Visually impressive, but the script needed a big angry red pen taken to it. Oh, and does every character need to shuffle around like they're in a My Chemical Romance video clip?

Full Review… | March 7, 2011
Triple J

Wasted on the Young is a slick and striking film that presents a disturbingly recognisable world of plutocratic rule in the dark heart of Australian society.

Full Review… | March 6, 2011
Cinema Autopsy

The icy, stone-faced performances from an obviously committed young cast don't help matters.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
The Age (Australia)

It's very, very strikingly done.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

This dramatic tale of that sense of entitlement that some people have to get away with any violation, and revenge via modern media is an absolute winner for me.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

Wasted on the Young packs an emotional and visual punch, yet its lack of likeable characters and inherently despairing attitude makes this one cynically violent trip back to the school yard.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
Matt's Movie Reviews

I'm not convinced that there's a clear message but this is still a film worth your attention. The editing is sharp and the cinematography is striking.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
ABC Radio Brisbane

Sadly the plot falls short of its director's aspirations, and given his obvious filmic talents this is all the more disappointing.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Trespass

Part romantic tragedy, part ruthless thriller, Wasted on the Young is an impressive but ultimately unsettling cinematic experience.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Concrete Playground

The film transcends the trappings of a traditional teen parable. It becomes something closer to Rian Johnson's masterful Brick, in which a bunch of film noir archetypes were anachronistically transported into a high school, just for the hell of it.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
Quickflix

Stylistically striking and featuring a clutch of stunning performances from emerging local talent, this is a remarkable achievement sure to generate discussion.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

Ben C. Lucas shows his natural cinematic talents from the start, using ingredients to establish the world of social networking as a key element in the film

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Urban Cinefile

A very ambitious film, but not always a coherent one.

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
Moviedex

Without question one of the most striking Australian films of the past five years, director Lucas stamps his visual style on a very contemporary - and at times very confronting - teen revenge story.

Full Review… | February 15, 2011
Screenwize

Its post-production pretension and undercooked script is far better suited to...underground film events, where a crowd more forgiving of genre clichés and film school posing may draw some pleasure from its underlying nastiness.

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Wasted on the Young

'Wasted on the Young'. A party gone wrong with devastating consequences. Destructive, tense, and two wonderful lead performances.

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c0up
c0up  

Super Reviewer

Stylistic Australian thriller of riverting and thought provoking atomosphere. This is original enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, and once again its another extraordinary debut for an Australian talent

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Luke Eberhard

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