Young Adam Reviews

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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.
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.
April 16, 2004
The story comes up hollow in the end.
April 16, 2004
Affairs and murder mysteries: sounds intriguing, no? Well, no.
April 16, 2004
Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes.
April 15, 2004
This is a movie to get under an adult's skin.
April 15, 2004
Mackenzie gamely attempts to translate Trocchi's acid-etched vision, but he lacks the writer's corrosiveness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
October 8, 2003
Young Adam makes no sense and doesn't seem to be about anything except dirty floors, splintered fingernails and eye sores.
September 24, 2003
Watching it is rather like finding yourself impaled on a steel rod. It is sharp, cold, and thoroughly riveting.
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