• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Miguel Arteta
  • In Theaters:    Jan 8, 2010 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 15, 2010
  • The Weinstein Company

Youth in Revolt Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 17, 2012

An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
February 5, 2010

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.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010

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 | Original Score: 80/100
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 7, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 7, 2010

Tries too hard to be quirky and fails.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 5, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 17, 2010

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

Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 19, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
January 8, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 28, 2010

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

Tim Grierson
Screen International
September 17, 2009

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.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 8, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 5, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]
February 5, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 23, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
February 5, 2010

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.

Kam Williams
Sly Fox
January 9, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
January 12, 2010

I love Michael Cera, just not this time.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 9, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 7, 2010

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 | Original Score: D+
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