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Young Adam Reviews

June 10, 2004
Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2004
Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2004
The narrative, with its provocative flashbacks, is just interesting enough to propel the movie forward.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2004
A movie that seems to think it's more interesting than it really is.
Read More | Original Score: D
May 28, 2004
Mackenzie shoots the ensuing tryst with more fidelity than it deserves or needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2004
Grimly arresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2004
It's a diversion, well crafted by Mackenzie from a book by Alexander Trocchi, but little more than that.
May 14, 2004
A compelling if singularly sour tale of a young man's moral paralysis.
May 13, 2004
The ever-mesmerizing McGregor delivers the most complex performance of his career.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2004
The film's viewpoint on these sad characters and their sordid behavior has an allure that's hard to refute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
[Swinton's] rich, compelling performance is reason enough to see this uneven picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
A compelling study of conscience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
Unfolds quietly without providing many ways for the material to engage viewers.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 30, 2004
This is an almost Dostoyevskian study of a man brooding upon evil until it paralyzes him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2004
Its chief asset is its superb cast, especially Ms. Swinton and Mr. McGregor, who gives one of his most dynamic performances to date.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 29, 2004
For all its coldness, Young Adam still managed to impress me thanks to the time, the place, and the amoral sobriety and desperate conviction of its central performance.
April 29, 2004
It's a movie drama with a surface so bleak and an interior so hot with eroticism that it twists your guts to watch it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2004
A resonant, beautifully modulated relationships drama set amid the canals and gray stone buildings of early '50s Scotland.
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
April 19, 2004
... MacGregor is always riveting, and the final scenes are chilling.
April 16, 2004
Mackenzie has made more of an atmosphere study than character study, brimming with brilliantly gray seaport landscapes and green canal-bank vistas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2004
The story comes up hollow in the end.
April 16, 2004
Affairs and murder mysteries: sounds intriguing, no? Well, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2004
Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2004
This is a movie to get under an adult's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2004
Mackenzie gamely attempts to translate Trocchi's acid-etched vision, but he lacks the writer's corrosiveness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2004
For all the symbolic weight of its title, Young Adam doesn't come close to giving us Existence. But it does give us one limited human being.
April 14, 2004
The clammy power of Young Adam lies as much in the frank, emotional nakedness the actors bring to their roles under Mackenzie's care as in the baroque hopelessness of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 13, 2004
Emily Mortimer ... McGregor, and especially Swinton are as frank and fearless with their NC-17 naked bodies as Mackenzie is uncompromised in conveying Trocchi's sulfurous purview on labor and lust to the screen.
April 13, 2004
Darkly effective, and its grip lasts longer than we might be entirely comfortable with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 9, 2003
Taut and concise in its storytelling, the film is a gripping portrayal of the darker aspects of human behavior and the ways in which sex becomes a substitute for genuine emotional connection.
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
October 8, 2003
Young Adam makes no sense and doesn't seem to be about anything except dirty floors, splintered fingernails and eye sores.