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Dying Young Reviews

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
July 1, 2013
It also lacks cuteness, which a movie of this sort needs. A film as predictable as this one is seriously in need of scenes that stand out, scenes that give the movie a little life, no pun intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2013
Where most contemporary directors would be looking for ways to demonstrate their superiority to the material -- dropping in campy asides or meaningless technical flourishes -- Schumacher is looking for ways to make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Yeovil
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2013
Donate the ticket money you would have spent to medical research, and stay home.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 1, 2013
A decidedly dubious early 1990s love story from Joel Schumacher. The Kenny G sax solos don't help either.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2013
Yes, it is good to see how much of a difference actors can make with flimsy material, but wouldn't it be nice if they had something with more than the emotional weight of a Twinkie to work on?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The onslaught-of-illness stuff is rendered not with emotion but with makeup and lighting. The actors are reduced to models in a film that tries to sell compassion by the shot.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2013
These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 1, 2013
This is an upsetting, moving film -- not one for the weak of stomach, mind or heart.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 1, 2013
Joel Schumacher's lamentable tear-jerker is a crass crossbreed of Love Story and Pretty Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 1, 2013
Worst of all, Dying Young is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 1, 2013
Dying Young belongs to the luminous Roberts. She is becoming one of the screen's finer actresses.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 1, 2013
Hilary O'Neil is poor but healthy, uneducated but full of spunky common sense. Victor Geddes is rich but mortally ill, overeducated and understandably fearful and withdrawn. In other words, they are made for each other.

TV Guide
July 1, 2013
Joel Schumacher has converted Richard Friedenberg's cliche-ridden, uninspired script into a generally tasteful though altogether unexciting cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Dying Young isn't a shameless weeper, but that's not necessarily to its credit. In a genre like this, sometimes ''tasteful'' just means confused.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 20, 2011
It's not a strong or particularly endearing motion picture, caught in the stylish middle, with Schumacher Schumachering all over the film with extravagant lighting and blustery interiors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Julia's hot; Dying Young is lukewarm.
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine
February 3, 2009
Just try and hold back the tears.. it's impossible
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 18, 2008
A movie like this has only one not-so-noble reason to exist: to make us sob. And it just doesn't deliver the goods.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Shamateurishly directed, this Roberts vehicle traversing the clichéd class-clash/love story territory of Pretty Woman is a dog.
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