Youth in Revolt Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
February 5, 2010
The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 11, 2010
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.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 8, 2010
A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes, let's face it, some pretty questionable ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 8, 2010
Cera may be trapped in his unchanging persona, but no more than this picture is walled in by its sitcom conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 8, 2010
Youth in Revolt is a teen fantasy filled with lust, imagination, frustration and lots of laughs, artfully made and superbly played.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 8, 2010
A sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2010
Mildly diverting rather than uproarious, the film still stands out among teen sex comedies for its low-key approach to antic material.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 8, 2010
From The Catcher in the Rye to Rushmore, it's a story we've seen in better versions before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
January 8, 2010
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 8, 2010
Uneven but occasionally quite funny...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 8, 2010
It's an amusing concept as far as it goes, although it doesn't go far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 8, 2010
An improbable but hilarious combine of losin'-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2010
I laughed a fair bit. That's no ringing endorsement, but it's January.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 7, 2010
Director Miguel Arteta, working from a tight script by Gustin Nash, tinges the mirth with malice. Sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 7, 2010
Youth in Revolt is basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble with several stretches of lively farce...
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 7, 2010
There are some good, sharp, surprising laughs in Youth in Revolt. So why does it feel so dreadfully familiar?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 7, 2010
Youth In Revolt is a little too clever and a little too willfully verbose for its own good, but it's rare and a little wonderful to see a comedy about the sex lives of teenagers that suffers from an excess of ideas and ambition instead of a dearth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 7, 2010
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 7, 2010
Youth in Revolt follows what happens when a good kid turns hilariously rotten for the sake of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 6, 2010
Areta's film has whimsy and a few great lines, but not enough originality.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
January 5, 2010
Nash and director Miguel Arteta try too hard; they want their movie branded a cult favorite before anyone's even seen it.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2009
The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 14, 2009
Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story.