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Youth Without Youth Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Youth Without Youth proves that Francis Ford Coppola can still make a movie, but not that he still knows how to choose his projects.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Too much of the film is a muddle, and it feels like work, not play.

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

December 21, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Coppola is one of the cinema's peerless masters, and I would have enjoyed nothing more than a chance to celebrate his new film. I'm truly sorry to say, then, that I found it impenetrable.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Virtually every scene is suitable for framing, if not necessarily for watching.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2007
Matt Stevens
E! Online

A a slick-looking but frustrating hodgepodge of sci-fi, political thriller, period drama and metaphysical romance with heavy overtones of Eastern philosophy. Confused yet?

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

December 13, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

A work of stunning inertia and obtuseness, Francis Ford Coppola's return to the director's chair is a disaster of career-destroying proportions...

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

December 17, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The director treats his material as if it were Last Year at Marienbad, yet his story's particulars are too goofy and too incompatible to result in something haunting or beguiling.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 26, 2007
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

This is the perfect example of what can happen when a producer/director/writer doesn't have to answer to anyone. Coppola makes an artistic mess.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 2/10

March 4, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A stilted and inelegant work, well below par for Francis Ford Coppola

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 14, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

It often feels like a dream -- specifically, someone else's, a nonlinear, illogical synapse explosion that's always fascinating to the person in whose head it detonated but not so much to those experiencing it secondhand.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

February 29, 2008
Prairie Miller

With all the nurses making moves on the suicidal old codger's renovated physique, Coppola's Youth Without Youth comes across as somewhere between The Godfather On Viagra and Apocalypse Then, Redux.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 9, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A boondoggle so obnoxious in concept and execution that it's hard to see why [Coppola] thought that it might be a good idea to try filming it in the first place.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

December 29, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I don't want to say this thing is complicated, but Tom Stoppard just called to beg for an explanation.... I apologize for all the elements I'm leaving out, but my editor ordered me to keep this piece under 40 million words.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Coppola may be back, but he's a long way from being back on form.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Cole Smithey

Francis Coppola's gasping adaptation of Mircea Eliade's out-of-print novella should provide the tipping point at which audiences start avoiding the exasperated genre of magical realism that crept into modern film vernacular with a vengeance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

November 24, 2007
Geoff Berkshire

Unless you're interested solely in strikingly beautiful photography there's nothing very satisfying about Youth Without Youth.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 13, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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An incomprehensible, pretentious, meandering mess -- so self-serious, it's laughable.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 12, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The craftsmanship is undeniably polished. It's just too bad the story is so plodding and pretentious.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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I'm all for bold screwiness, but this provocation seems labored despite the striking images.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 21, 2007
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Coppola drags everyone on a humourless trudge through a jungle of pretension that will have most moviegoers glazing over long before an ending that really isn't worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

December 13, 2007
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A classic example of the "what-was-he-thinking?" movie, Youth Without Youth unfolds in a sort of formal dream state devoid of day-to-day normalcy.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2008
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