• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jason Reitman
    In Theaters:
    Dec 16, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 13, 2012
  • Paramount Studios


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Young Adult Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A-

August 11, 2014
David Thomson
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 20, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

May 26, 2013
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

January 29, 2013
Jeff Beck

"Young Adult" is not a terrible film, just one that was not thought out very well.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2012

Theron crushes the role, channeling her best Mean Girls impression, providing Mavis a riotously self-centered persona.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B-

August 25, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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 Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 22, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

March 12, 2012
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

March 8, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

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 Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Anthropological rather than aspirational.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

March 2, 2012
Josh Larsen

...a narrative treadmill; you get the sense Mavis is still out there somewhere, lonely and lost as when we first met her.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
Lisa Mullen
Sight and Sound

Young Adult is much funnier and infinitely more savage than Cody's earlier collaboration with director Jason Reitman, the cute but rather cosy Juno.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

February 14, 2012
Dominic Corry

This is one of the best contemporary dramas to come along in years.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

February 9, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Theron is excellent and heartbreaking as she experiences her midlife crisis and sees how much she's misread the world around her.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 5, 2012
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies

Daring and different but just way too dark.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2012
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Go see. Squirmingly funny.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2012

This is London

Here is a film that could have been awful but is so carefully nuanced that it is one of the most satisfying of the year.

Full Review Source: This is London

February 3, 2012
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