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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
Francois Ozon's quiet sexual drama raises more questions than it answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 30, 2014
It's a candid but insightful character study about adolescent impulses that feels more insightful than exploitative.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 19, 2014
It became clear, as the movie wore on, that Ozon isn't interested in explanations, psychological insights, lessons, judgments, diagnoses, or any of the other stuff that normally preoccupies storytellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 13, 2014
...echoes Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic Belle de Jour in some obvious ways
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2014
This is a different kind of coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
June 5, 2014
It is a nuanced look at a young woman's exploration of her own power, and lack thereof, as she rushes headlong toward adulthood.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 5, 2014
Is she a virgin, or a whore? Surprise, she's both! This French drama about a teenager is infuriating in its reductive stereotypes.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
May 20, 2014
Prostitution in polite society is still a nettle fearfully grasped. You see, society is not polite and it's about time movies stopped peddling that fluff.
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 16, 2014
The result is a movie that feels more like a lab report than any cogent exploration of the human condition, but again, it's this clinical approach that best approximates the female psyche as girls come of age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kiva Reardon
Globe and Mail
May 16, 2014
Never amounts to anything more than its title's shallow descriptors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 15, 2014
Ozon's male gaze peers at a middle-class high-school girl selling sex to older men
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2014
Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 15, 2014
Trying to figure out Isabelle keeps the viewer engaged, and Vacth's focused acting justifies her being almost continually in the frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 15, 2014
Ozon is grasping for something about the rudeness of sexual impulse and how intimates necessarily learn to look the other way, yet he comes to this idea too late in the game to make anything of it.
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 15, 2014
Accepts that there are a wide spectrum of mistakes made during youth, and time does no favors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
May 14, 2014
No Bu˝uel-like, "Belle de jour" surrealism, no enormous political canvas to be drawn and illumined, no reductionist pronouncements of psychology: just large, curious eyes, looking without hurt or hope or damage but also without affect.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 9, 2014
Puts the Nymphomaniac series and Blue Is the Warmest Color in the shade.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2014
Something happens to Franšois Ozon's people when they get near the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 8, 2014
There is just something slightly skewed, slightly uncontrolled, beneath Pailhas' reasonable exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Stratton
The Australian
May 7, 2014
Vacth gives a luminous performance, but her character is less explored than her body, and that's the film's major shortcoming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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