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Young Adam Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 12, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 31, 2004
The pace of Young Adam is slower than the barge upon which most of the action takes place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
April 16, 2004
Asks you to question a lot of things about society's willingness to judge, but fails in offering any intelligent arguments of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 30, 2004
The story's drab, attention-span-testing pace makes it tough to keep wondering what dark secrets shuffle beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Callahan
March 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
June 12, 2004
The movie ladles out its atmosphere of quiet dread admirably, but atmosphere alone seldom makes a film watchable. This one is too sour in its attitude and vague in its ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 15, 2004
Young Adam is entertaining and rewarding if you have the patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2004
Mackenzie gamely attempts to translate Trocchi's acid-etched vision, but he lacks the writer's corrosiveness.
| Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2009
nudity is perhaps the only intriguing element in this ponderous and torpid story about Joe (McGregor), a young drifter who takes work on a barge operated by a husband and wife (Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton) after the mysterious death of his ex-girlfrien
Full Review | Original Score: C
Willie Waffle
May 13, 2004
... who thought raw sex could be so boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
October 6, 2003
Even with all that humping going on, Young Adam is a snooze.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 1, 2003
Um filme frio que encontra sérias dificuldades em estabelecer conexão com o espectador - e, ao final da projeção, temos uma certa sensação de 'E daí?'.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
April 23, 2004
A film of dark, disenchanting characters who tread water in moral ambiguity for 98 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 30, 2004
Young Adam presents itself as tragedy... but [its] fantasies of artistic rebellion and individualism have rotted into simple, solipsistic selfishness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 9, 2003
The narrative scheme, the brooding period atmosphere, the understated score and the precision of the acting also make the story seem more interesting than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 8, 2004
The adultery and murder that follow when McGregor signs on to work for Swinton and her husband (Peter Mullan), on a barge navigating the waterways of Glasgow, elicit only stifled yawns.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 23, 2004
Young Adam unfolds with an absolute minimum of dramatic highs and lows, and it's so disaffected that it prompts laughter at the wrong moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 30, 2004
Unfolds quietly without providing many ways for the material to engage viewers.
| Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 28, 2004
A movie that seems to think it's more interesting than it really is.
| Original Score: D
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2004
Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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