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Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) Reviews

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
June 12, 2014
This is a different kind of coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
May 16, 2014
Never amounts to anything more than its title's shallow descriptors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2014
Ozon keeps things simmering without quite boiling over, even when convention might demand it.
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
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.
May 9, 2014
Something happens to François Ozon's people when they get near the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2014
There is just something slightly skewed, slightly uncontrolled, beneath Pailhas' reasonable exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2014
The result is both bracing and exasperating ...
April 25, 2014
Ozon is more interested in a woman's pleasure than her pain; he prefers films about small female triumphs, rather than their grand tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 25, 2014
Vacth is persuasively adolescent at the outset, distressingly jaded at the finale, and in between, is entirely capable of making young-and-beautiful sex seem - as perhaps only the French can - ravishing, sensual and utterly unsatisfying all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
April 25, 2014
Ozon doesn't really spell anything out for us. He uses Vacth, a beauty who somewhat resembles the young Nastassja Kinski or Dominique Sanda, for her eerie, implacable hauteur. There is a mask behind her mask.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2014
"Young and Beautiful" doesn't have the eerie power of some of Ozon's other films, like "In the House" or "Swimming Pool," but it is still a fascinating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
April 23, 2014
Vacth, like the movie, is beautiful and resolutely humorless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2014
Even if Isabelle's inner motives remain enigmatic, at least Ozon is interested in posing questions about rebellion and female desire that few male directors even bother to consider.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 31, 2014
It's a balanced and honest look at young sexuality, and thankfully never didactic in its approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2013
He has made a movie that the Louis Malle of Lacombe, Lucien, or the Truffaut of The 400 Blows, would have appreciated, an explicit look at how our humanity gets lost.
September 14, 2013
It's the kind of film that's not afraid to acknowledge that people are fundamentally mysterious, and much of its power comes from the matter-of-fact way that it reconciles various perceptions of Vacth.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
September 14, 2013
Though undeniably intelligent, "Young and Beautiful" would lack a compelling center were it not for Vacth's fascinatingly ambiguous turn, which shifts between aggressively seductive displays, reckless excitement and solemn regret.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
September 14, 2013
A nuanced, emotionally temperate study of a precocious youth.
September 14, 2013
A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth.
September 14, 2013
It's to Ozon's credit that he never serves up easy answers, and even after ample scenes of sex and showdowns with those closest to Isabelle, and even a scene with a psychologist, we're none the wiser as to what's driving her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2013
A tender, slyly funny and splendidly shot portrait of an adolescent prostitute that is easily the director's best work since "Swimming Pool".
May 24, 2013
A movie that bluntly shows a 17-year old girl exploding sex all over the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
May 23, 2013
As with many films by the prolific Ozon, there's an ephemeral quality to Young & Beautiful that makes it seem as if it's evaporating as you watch it.
May 22, 2013
Vacth has a seductive, covert intelligence. She may not let viewers in on Isabelle's motives, but she does suggest that something is going on. Audiences should be pleased to go with her, not knowing the destination but happy to take the trip.
May 17, 2013
The picture is reasonably compelling, particularly in the way Ozon outlines the tender relationship between Isabelle and one of her much older clients.