Young Adam Reviews

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January 11, 2018
A grim, intelligent and fiercely compelling film.
January 10, 2018
The author of the book on which it is based, Alexander Trocchi, who died a heroin addict, was once tipped to be the Scottish William Burroughs, and the film conveys his malignant view of life pretty accurately.
June 10, 2004
Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable.
May 28, 2004
Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.
May 28, 2004
The narrative, with its provocative flashbacks, is just interesting enough to propel the movie forward.
May 28, 2004
A movie that seems to think it's more interesting than it really is.
May 28, 2004
Mackenzie shoots the ensuing tryst with more fidelity than it deserves or needs.
May 21, 2004
Grimly arresting.
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.
May 6, 2004
The film's viewpoint on these sad characters and their sordid behavior has an allure that's hard to refute.
April 30, 2004
[Swinton's] rich, compelling performance is reason enough to see this uneven picture.
April 30, 2004
A compelling study of conscience.
April 30, 2004
Unfolds quietly without providing many ways for the material to engage viewers.
April 30, 2004
This is an almost Dostoyevskian study of a man brooding upon evil until it paralyzes him.
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.
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.
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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