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Youth in Revolt (2010)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 107 | Rotten: 56

It may not entirely do its source material justice, but Miguel Arteta's Youth in Revolt is a fun, funny comic romp that lets Michael Cera stretch a little and introduces filmgoers to a major find in Portia Doubleday.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 11

It may not entirely do its source material justice, but Miguel Arteta's Youth in Revolt is a fun, funny comic romp that lets Michael Cera stretch a little and introduces filmgoers to a major find in Portia Doubleday.



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Superbad's Michael Cera discovers a vacation romance in Youth in Revolt, a teen comedy from Charlie Bartlett's screenwriter, Gustin Nash, and director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck). The film is an adaptation of C.D. Payne's first book in a series of best-selling satirical novels starring Nick Twisp, a sexually charged 14-year-old whose intelligence and hormones get him into all sorts of adventures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Gustin Nash

Jun 15, 2010


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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (56) | DVD (5)

The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I love this new breed of dirty movie. It goes beyond leering, beyond sexism, to the core tension of a culture that ricochets between Puritanism and promiscuity. And it has in Michael Cera a sterling mascot.

January 11, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes, let's face it, some pretty questionable ideas.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Cera may be trapped in his unchanging persona, but no more than this picture is walled in by its sitcom conventions.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Youth in Revolt is a teen fantasy filled with lust, imagination, frustration and lots of laughs, artfully made and superbly played.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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A sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.

January 8, 2010
New York Times
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An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Michael Cera adopts a mischievous alter ego in an attempt to reunite with his dream girl in a familiarly peculiar story.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Playing on feelings and impulses that I'm sure we all relate to, a witty and playful portrait of teen love emerges out of a less exciting teen comedy.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Nick Twisp is no Scott Pilgrim, but this is another witty ensemble comedy that successfully reinvigorates that most benighted of genres, the teen film.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Story of "bad-boy" teen is funny, but also rough and raw.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Arteta's faithfulness to Payne's text, themes and visions never gel as a wholly satisfying film.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: engaging and faithful adaptation of Payne's admittedly superior novel.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Michael Cera goes to the sweet-tempered high school persona well once (or twice) too often with, sigh, Nick Twisp, who lives in hormonal agony with his sex-obsessed divorced mother (Jean Smart) and her nasty boyfriend.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[Its] classic cinema shoutouts and gaggle of off-kilter characters feel like retreads.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

Deviates from the teen comedy norm and becomes something darker, edgier, and more unexpectedly funny.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

Makes early claims for the best comedy of 2010.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

Cera's hilarious performance as a modern day Holden Caulfield makes Youth in Revolt a must-see for any fan of hipster comedies.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

In an irreverent and adorable coming-to-maturity story, Michael Cera displays versatility in a dual role.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

When Francois Dillinger is on screen, the movie comes alive...the rest of the time it's that post-Napoleon Dynamite sort of plodding study of eccentricity.

March 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comments (3)

Michael Cera's act got old awful fast, didn't it?

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly | Comments (3)
Philadelphia Weekly

I'm now officially done caring whether Michael Cera loses his virginity. So, it seems in this hit-and-miss comedy, is Cera.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Comment (1)
Salt Lake Tribune

Smug, dead-air-riddled adaptation of C.D. Payne's novel

February 28, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The whole thing just seems as if it's trying too hard.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

It's chaotic and episodic, but this is Cera's star turn. Superbad meets Fight Club? That'll do it.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Youth in Revolt

Milquetoast Michael Cera as a pencil-mustache-sportin' evil alter ego is entertaining enough, but the rest of the boy-ruins-his-life-for-a-girl story is pretty banal and quite tame surprisingly. Portia Doubleday as Sheeni isn't much of a siren either, but Rooney Mara looks satisfyingly hot and mean. The part with Adhir Kalyan from "Rules of Engagement" in his skivvies is funny.
September 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

A cracking indy coming of age movie with the ever so funny Michael Cera. Really did not no what i was going to get here but it turns out to been a very funny and surreal comedy.Its when Cera French auter ego takes over that Cera really shines. All surrporting cast are so good with justin long adding a little fun too.
This is a pleasant surprise and worth checking out.There are many laughs to have here.
July 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

A new level in Michael Cera's carrer, Young in Revolt could be more other sex teen comedy, but the crude and satirical material of Miguel Arteta change this cliche kind of movie.
July 21, 2012
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    1. Nick Twisp/Francois: I do all my hiking free form. Like John Muir, I enter the wilderness with nothing more than my journal and a child-like sense of wonder.
    – Submitted by Kyle F (17 months ago)
    1. Nick Twisp/Francois: Trent, I don't want to hurt you. Now I'll only ask once that you and your adorable sweater step away from the door.
    – Submitted by Joel C (23 months ago)
    1. Nick Twisp/Francois: Now half as bad as the nasty things I wanna do to you right now with my tongue. I'm gonna wrap your legs around my head and wear you like the crown that you are.
    – Submitted by Kennedi T (2 years ago)
    1. Estelle Twisp: I need that child support money to eat.
    2. Nick Twisp/Francois: Shouldn't you need that child support money to support your child?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Nick Twisp/Francois: I want to tickle your belly button... from the inside.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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