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Young Adam Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 28, 2004
Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 28, 2004
The narrative, with its provocative flashbacks, is just interesting enough to propel the movie forward.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2004
Mackenzie shoots the ensuing tryst with more fidelity than it deserves or needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 21, 2004
Grimly arresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
It's a diversion, well crafted by Mackenzie from a book by Alexander Trocchi, but little more than that.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 14, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
A compelling if singularly sour tale of a young man's moral paralysis.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2004
The ever-mesmerizing McGregor delivers the most complex performance of his career.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
[Swinton's] rich, compelling performance is reason enough to see this uneven picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 30, 2004
A compelling study of conscience.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 27, 2004
A resonant, beautifully modulated relationships drama set amid the canals and gray stone buildings of early '50s Scotland.
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 19, 2004
... MacGregor is always riveting, and the final scenes are chilling.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2004
The story comes up hollow in the end.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 16, 2004
Affairs and murder mysteries: sounds intriguing, no? Well, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2004
Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 15, 2004
This is a movie to get under an adult's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 13, 2004
Darkly effective, and its grip lasts longer than we might be entirely comfortable with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 8, 2003
Young Adam makes no sense and doesn't seem to be about anything except dirty floors, splintered fingernails and eye sores.