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Young Adult Reviews

June 20, 2013
There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth.
January 31, 2012
There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it's very funny too - excruciating at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2011
Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 16, 2011
There's little about Mavis that makes for feel-good revelry. That's an understatement, perhaps. Yet, Theron's work feels true to Mavis' malaise -- and often, just as sad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
December 16, 2011
A low-key, indie-style comedy that plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2011
Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, "Young Adult" is mature filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2011
There's enough grit in the film's gears to keep the forward motion from ever getting too smooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2011
The comedy of discomfort, so long defined by Curb Your Enthusiasm and its ilk, gets a new hue with Young Adult.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2011
Theron is thrillingly nasty as Mavis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2011
The movie doesn't weigh that much, but it has a kind of point-blank piquancy that has gradually seeped out of American comedies, which now are mostly going for broad, topical gags that rarely venture into the relatable shadows of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2011
Reitman makes bold choices with the story. Not all are fun to watch in the moment, but they add up to a satisfying portrait of a woman off the rails, someone we can laugh at even when we're horrified.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2011
It's enjoyable as a character study, of a character most of us wouldn't want to meet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2011
Every time you're ready to write off Hollywood comedies, along comes a picture like Young Adult to keep hope alive.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2011
It trades in discomfort and unease, not catharsis. That's an achievement worthy of admiration, if you can endure it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2011
Theron does a fairly convincing job. It's the movie surrounding her that isn't quite so convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
December 9, 2011
In a less acid romp, Mavis would learn life lessons in the final reel, but director Jason Reitman makes it a point not to let her off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5
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
December 9, 2011
It's an imperfect film, to be sure, but the movie's refusal to sacrifice its leading lady on the altar of Here's How to Behave feels downright revolutionary.
December 9, 2011
Nobody ever said that adolescence was pretty, even if an increasing number of people are experiencing its final pangs on the cusp of middle age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2011
A dark comedy that confirms Diablo Cody as a screenwriter of importance, eliminates the last shred of doubt that Jason Reitman is a major director and gives Charlize Theron her best showcase since "Monster."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2011
There is a brashness of style that both Cody and Reitman embody - almost demanding that we not only laugh at, but like the unlikable side of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
December 8, 2011
Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies, a ruthless portrait of a heroine with a serious love/loathe relationship with herself.
December 8, 2011
Screenwriter Diablo Cody has crafted a precisely drawn portrait of a surly, emotionally stunted woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2011
It's a step in a new direction, both for the creative team and for movies, a mature and humane comedy centered on a misanthropic female antihero. Think of it as "Juno's" wicked stepsister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 8, 2011
In a thorny role, Theron is splendid; she instinctively reveals everything Mavis doesn't know about herself and offers an intimate peek into a wayward soul.
December 8, 2011
What makes the movie marvelous is the same combination that the filmmaker and writer brought to "Juno" -- unerringly subtle yet precise direction plus a literate script with dramatic energy and a delicate tone.
December 8, 2011
The movie suffers from the sort of self-pitying fog that can envelop a writer when he dives into his own malaise.
December 8, 2011
Patton Oswalt's dark duet with Charlize Theron is funny, touching and vital. But fair warning: The laughs in Young Adult leave bruises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2011
"Young Adult" may at times be stuck between emotional gears, but that's by design. Like its heroine, the movie refuses to pick up after itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2011
Shorter than a bad blind date and as sour as a vinegar Popsicle, "Young Adult" shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2011
Theron nails the specifics of her character, all the distress signals, from the nervous hair-pulling to the relentless default sarcasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2011
It's an empathetic but bravely brittle portrait of an aging queen bee that showcases a nuanced performance from Theron as a woman too used to being admired to admit how lonely and desperate she's become.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2011
As I absorbed it, I realized what a fearless character study it is. That sometimes it's funny doesn't hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2011
Charlize Theron delivers one of the most impressive performances of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 7, 2011
Ms. Theron, a true beauty and one of the screen's most exquisite actors, keeps the film airborne even when it seems dangerously earthbound. She's a one-woman emergency rescue squad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2011
The really pretty Theron captures that state of really ugly inner childishness (articulated so sharply by Cody) with such precision, it makes you want to hear stories of her own high school experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
December 6, 2011
There are plenty of sharp aperçus and poignant character moments in "Young Adult," to be sure, but it's hard to tell where the movie's awkward comic knife edge slides away into clunkiness.
December 6, 2011
While one might be tempted to call it mature, that word suggests a capacity for self-evaluation and unsentimental levity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2011
In the vein of Alexander Payne, Reitman finds just the right affectionately mocking tone in taking some jabs at small-town Midwestern life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2011
Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance.
December 5, 2011
Reteaming pop-savvy scribe Diablo Cody with Juno director Jason Reitman, Young Adult revels in breaking the rules of safe Hollywood storytelling.
December 5, 2011
...the film and its cast portray the [characters] with steadfastness, precision, empathy and a kind of poignant wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2011
Reitman has made the equivalent of a Roland Emmerich disaster movie writ small, an apocalyptic scenario internalized by a single person.
December 5, 2011
On a scene-by-scene basis, Young Adult entirely engages with its smart exchanges between characters who are well equipped with rough edges and raw nerves.