The Young Unknown Reviews

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.
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 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 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
L.A. inconsequential.
April 11, 2003
Catherine Jelski's debut feature, The Young Unknowns, made in 2000 but just now being released, reveals a real talent for handling actors but never quite overcomes a feeling of familiarity and staginess.
April 8, 2003
Numbing but effective debut.