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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
November 29, 2013
This is an intriguing notion and it would have been a better film had it been more fully explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 23, 2014
Vacth, like the movie, is beautiful and resolutely humorless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anna Rodgers
The List
November 5, 2013
Ultimately, this film signals towards complexity without probing its subject matter fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 4, 2013
keeps holding out a promise of insight into its young protagonist's mentality and makeup, but ends up merely observing her from a cool distance, as if through the binoculars from the opening scene.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 4, 2014
Ozon's films have often explored the intricacies of intimate relationships and in particular those of women. Despite the lure of the subject matter here, there is a lack of completeness about Young and Beautiful
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 4, 2014
Chaptering the film into the four seasons seems like a device without real meaning or clear metaphorical purpose. It begins in summer, when Isabelle loses her virginity, for example
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
May 2, 2014
Admittedly, watching a beautiful young woman on screen in various stages of congress can be a pleasant thing, but beyond the surface sexuality of the film [director Francois] Ozon doesn't really offer much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nigel Floyd
Film4
November 29, 2013
In this tale of sexual awakening, the adolescent Isabelle is often naked and exposed; but we never once get under her skin.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 14, 2013
Ozon delivers an erotic odyssey with a social conscience, but it's all a little dull and impenetrable.
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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 24, 2014
What is most striking about this movie is how un-self-conscious it is as it conducts a prurient and superficial inquiry into adolescent female sexuality.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
May 17, 2013
Ozon wants to have it both ways with Young & Beautiful...Holding the cards back from the audience can be a rewarding experience, but here it leaves much of the filmmaker's own purpose not just open to interpretation, but to question.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 29, 2013
Ozon's unappetising message to middle-aged men seems to be: paying for intercourse can actually improve your marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
December 1, 2013
Vacth remains impressively vacant throughout, although the real prize in that respect must go to Ozon himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 24, 2014
Those who just want to admire the oft-naked Vacth will get their money's worth. Those seeking the usual fully realized Ozon drama will be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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