The Young Unknown Reviews

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September 7, 2011
July 20, 2009
This bleak little drama started as a play, and I'd bet that even onstage it felt contrived.
June 3, 2008
Destined for well-deserved obscurity.
August 14, 2005
Feels like a pity-party for a few spoiled jerks who, all things considered, don't really merit 90 minutes of my undivided attention.
August 8, 2005
September 30, 2004
[an] eloquent, damning case against American culture and family
May 16, 2003
Within this haze of drug abuse, cockiness and hollowness, we're supposed to feel for our young, spoiled protagonist. Sadly, what we mostly feel is the pain of our eyes constantly rolling in our heads.
April 25, 2003
First-time director Catherine Jelski dredges up every cliche about druggy, obnoxious dreamers on the fringes of Hollywood and assumes that said cliches have the power to shock and surprise.
April 25, 2003
You're not going to feel enlightened by The Young Unknowns and, frankly, you'll probably benefit by keeping them unknown from your film-going pocketbook.
April 23, 2003
Jelski's casting is daring, in its way, and I wish more American filmmakers would follow her example.
April 22, 2003
The writing and the lead performance of Devon Gummersall in Catherine Jelski's The Young Unknowns makes this spoiled rich kid movie almost tolerable.
April 22, 2003
The film wants to be a revealing character study of aimless Hollywood wannabes, but the story is just not compelling enough to make the viewer care.
April 21, 2003
A film of probative quietude with fiercely invested in performances; in small ways perceptive and intelligent but overall too lackadaisical in its intellectual application to leave upon viewers more than a faint, passing memory.
April 18, 2003
They're not just Young Unknowns, they're also unintelligent, uninspired and unfailingly irritating, too.
April 17, 2003
There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it.
April 17, 2003
It is a harrowing experience, anchored by the solid portrayal by young Devon Gummersall.
April 17, 2003
Yet another sordid tale of single white Hollywood kids who get drugged, drunk and disorderly by their swimming pools.
April 17, 2003
The film is tough going for all the wrong reasons.
April 15, 2003
A curious exercise in the vein of David Rabe's Hurlyburly that needed greater dramatic heft than is exhibited by the industry lightweights it depicts.
April 11, 2003
Repetitive and stagy.
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