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Youth in Revolt Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.0/5

September 17, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

It's very funny to be honest and most of the characters are perfectly cast, but Youth in Revolt is a movie in which literally nothing happens. At no point are any of the characters or plotlines developed and most of them are abandoned towards the end.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

February 5, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

July 3, 2010
James Berardinelli
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It's not that the film is fatally flawed, but the tone is uneven, the satire is blunt, the comedy rarely generates more than feeble laughs, and the lead character never comes fully to life.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2010
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Tries too hard to be quirky and fails.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

But even apart from the film's vaguely insane endorsement of love at all costs, there's the fact that much of it is simply not very funny.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2010
Simon Foster

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

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August 17, 2010
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C

February 19, 2010
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

More of the same from Cera, and not terribly funny to boot.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 8, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 28, 2010
Tim Grierson
Screen International

Michael Cera, practically the poster-child for this strain of hip comedies, plays yet another awkward teen looking to win the girl, but like the film itself, he's spinning his wheels a bit.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 17, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Whimsical, mostly engaging and occasionally funny, but it's too uneven, pretentious, and lacks genuine poignancy as a coming of age story.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.75/10

January 8, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Peaches Geldof would probably love it. And film reviews don't get any more depressing than that.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2010
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

Never quite as clever, quirky or funny as it thinks it is.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2010
Josh Winning
Little White Lies

A little too manic for its own good, Youth in Revolt is restless and unruly. Too often forcibly mean-spirited, it only elicits a handful of genuine laughs.

February 5, 2010
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

As for Michael Cera's career? Look a falling star! Make a wish!

Full Review Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: .5/4

January 9, 2010
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

I love Michael Cera, just not this time.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

January 12, 2010
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Youth in Revolt? Forget that! Let's focus on critic in revolt. Even a little [Michael] Cera is too much.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 9, 2010
Brian Orndorf

There's little to care about in Youth in Revolt, and even less to laugh with; the film lost in a stupor it never successfully navigates out of.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

January 7, 2010
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