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Youth in Revolt Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 11, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes, let's face it, some pretty questionable ideas.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 8, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

January 8, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Some may find such elements desperate or calculated in their quirky-cuteness, but I think they add to the movie's efforts to evoke the surrealism and excruciating intensity of, as the title puts it, youth in revolt.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 8, 2010
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Mildly diverting rather than uproarious, the film still stands out among teen sex comedies for its low-key approach to antic material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 8, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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From The Catcher in the Rye to Rushmore, it's a story we've seen in better versions before.

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

January 8, 2010
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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The studio's lackluster release will likely mean it'll thrive on DVD. Don't wait for that. Youth in Revolt is worth making a trip to the theaters.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

January 8, 2010
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Uneven but occasionally quite funny...

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 8, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's an amusing concept as far as it goes, although it doesn't go far enough.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 8, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Francois ultimately resembles every other character Cera has played, only with a mustache and a dirtier mouth. If he wants to show us what else he can do, he'll need to stage a much bigger rebellion than this.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a pleasant surprise to see the engaging, soft-spoken star of Superbad and Juno stretch and play a devil-may-care slimeball.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 8, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An improbable but hilarious combine of losin'-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I laughed a fair bit. That's no ringing endorsement, but it's January.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Director Miguel Arteta, working from a tight script by Gustin Nash, tinges the mirth with malice. Sweet.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Youth in Revolt is basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble with several stretches of lively farce...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 7, 2010
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Between delightful sequences of animation, vibrant performances by the likes of Justin Long, Fred Willard and Ray Liotta, and Arteta's mastery over comic tones ranging from the sensitive to the surreal, this is the rare movie one doesn't want to end.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Although director Miguel Arteta's adaptation of C.D. Payne's cult-fave book series brings little new to the coming-of-age comedy genre, it's hard not to be beguiled by Youth in Revolt.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Perhaps this all works better on the printed page, where readers don't actually have to watch the character behave so rudely. (Or better before Cera rewrote much of the script.)

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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There are some good, sharp, surprising laughs in Youth in Revolt. So why does it feel so dreadfully familiar?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2010
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The picture has enough charm to make us feel something for its shy, gangly protagonist, and enough bite to keep us from wanting to kill him.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 7, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Youth in Revolt follows what happens when a good kid turns hilariously rotten for the sake of love.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2010
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Youth in Revolt is a delightful film that makes no apologies for its irreverence. It's also the first great comedy of this decade.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Cera's style lends itself to one note, and the movie wisely gives him another character to play, an imaginary alter ego named Francois Dillinger, inspired by Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Areta's film has whimsy and a few great lines, but not enough originality.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 6, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Doubleday's Sheeni is charming, smart and pretty and has just that hint of knowing danger that drives teenage boys insane. And Cera? No one does this kind of thing better, which is presumably why he keeps doing it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 6, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Truth is, there's also too much 
 Michael Cera. Which isn't the star's fault. I blame the movie's bad timing, and its delayed release.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 6, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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"Punk" and "rebel" don't belong in the same sentence with "Michael Cera." But somehow, they connect in the few-holds-barred teen comedy Youth in Revolt.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2010
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Nash and director Miguel Arteta try too hard; they want their movie branded a cult favorite before anyone's even seen it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 5, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's a kick to see Cera cut loose from his patented befuddled-nerd routine, even if the film's caricatured performances and fish-in-a-barrel scorn are sure to be monotonous for some.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2009
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.

September 15, 2009
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 14, 2009
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