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Young Adult Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
"Young Adult" is not a terrible film, just one that was not thought out very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Cody and Reitman were once two of the most promising talents in the filmmaking business, but Young Adult erases any of their past success from memory. I truly hope for a return to form soon because YA is a real downer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 15, 2011
The egg of a great idea that never really hatches. It's built on an outlandish premise, and after 93 minutes of talking and emoting and frittering around, all we're left with is that same nutty premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 21, 2011 and it has a couple of genuinely fine performances and some sharply observed comic moments, but in the end it's just not enough. It's not funny enough. It's not tough enough. It's not story enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 9, 2011
Mavis, as wonderfully played by Charlize Theron, is conniving, miserable, self-loathing and pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
December 7, 2011
The attitude toward the protagonist is thinly-veiled contempt ... until, in the last 20 minutes or so, they attempt to turn her into an object of sympathy. It doesn't work and, on balance, neither does Young Adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
February 2, 2012
Always painful to watch, Young Adult has all the charm and purpose of a confused teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 6, 2012
Charlize Theron is fabulous as the seeking-her-old-boyfriend Mavis. She's depressed and depressing and kind of wears you down.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 9, 2011
Young Adult is a great title, promising a film about arrested development. But this story about a highly-unappealing material girl never quite materializes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Edward Douglas
December 6, 2011
Any potential in a character like Mavis Gary feels squandered by the character failing to win you over or give you any reason to want to follow her story arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 3, 2011
In addition to its fine performances, it has some wryly amusing scenes. But, mostly, it's a missed opportunity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2011
What's missing is any semblance of a compelling story, as well as the wit and humanity that marked Reitman's first three pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 14, 2011
Doesn't have anything resembling the structure or character insight of Juno and simply does not come together at all, despite having a rock-solid concept behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rebecca Murray
December 8, 2011
When every character is so unappealing, it's difficult to find much to be entertained by while sitting through the 94 minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Geoff Berkshire
December 8, 2011
What really sinks this disappointing reunion is a narrative as stunted as Mavis' emotional development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 16, 2011
As good as Theron and Oswalt are, and they're very good, Young Adult doesn't give them enough room to breathe.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
December 8, 2011
Asks us to root for a bad person to stop being so bad. Yet Mavis does nothing to suggest that she earns this attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
December 16, 2011
Young Adult exemplifies the definition of "meh"... and that's even worse than a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 12, 2012
A cautionary tale? A slice of life? A demeaning of big-city shallowness or small-town complacency? Who knows. It's certainly a depressing black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 9, 2011
"Young Adult" finally stumbles not because it tries to make us like Mavis, but because everyone else in it seems to, no matter what she does.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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