Young Adult Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Cody and Reitman seem mainly interested in scoring points off their characters and making cheap jokes at the expense of anybody who isn't lucky enough to be Diablo Cody or Jason Reitman.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
Kudos to Reitman, Cody, and Theron for crafting such a great bastard-ess, who you'll either feel empathy, like myself, or uncontrollable hatred for.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
You sense the teeth-chattering chill almost as deeply as you admire the bravery of a pitch-black performance by Theron that begs nothing but contempt for her scurrilous Mavis Gary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
January 29, 2013
Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron create a realistic insight into what happens to the popular high school student who can't adjust to the real world in Young Adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2012
"Young Adult" is not a terrible film, just one that was not thought out very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2012
Theron crushes the role, channeling her best Mean Girls impression, providing Mavis a riotously self-centered persona.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 8, 2012
You're squirming watching this abhorrent behaviour and you're challenged to re-evaluate your golden perception of the past. Young Adult isn't going to be exactly what you expect - enjoy it. It's a nice relief to be surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have still managed to get at a fundamental truth that screenplays traditionally ignore. People don't change. Character "arc" is one of those myths that movies perpetuate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2012
It's so rare that women get to play fully rounded, three dimensional, flawed human beings, that's it's almost kind of unsettling to realise that's what's going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 12, 2012
A cautionary tale? A slice of life? A demeaning of big-city shallowness or small-town complacency? Who knows. It's certainly a depressing black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 8, 2012
Filled with pain disguised as comedy, it presents a real-life Peter Pan complex where letting go of one's youth is complicated and painful.
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Cody and Reitman were once two of the most promising talents in the filmmaking business, but Young Adult erases any of their past success from memory. I truly hope for a return to form soon because YA is a real downer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 2, 2012
Anthropological rather than aspirational.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
March 1, 2012
...a narrative treadmill; you get the sense Mavis is still out there somewhere, lonely and lost as when we first met her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Mullen
Sight and Sound
February 14, 2012
Young Adult is much funnier and infinitely more savage than Cody's earlier collaboration with director Jason Reitman, the cute but rather cosy Juno.
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
February 9, 2012
This is one of the best contemporary dramas to come along in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 5, 2012
Theron is excellent and heartbreaking as she experiences her midlife crisis and sees how much she's misread the world around her.
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
February 3, 2012
Daring and different but just way too dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 3, 2012
Go see. Squirmingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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