Youth in Oregon Reviews

March 12, 2017
Youth in Oregon presents euthenasia as it might actually be faced in real life; a dramatic representation of how one might approach the issue as an active participant.
February 16, 2017
Powerfully acted by select cast members, but the production bites off more than it can chew when balancing a desire for emotional authenticity and the comfort of dramatic formula.
Top Critic
February 8, 2017
The terrific cast is well worth watching, but everything else about this wayward movie mistake leaves you feeling just awful.
February 7, 2017
What could have been a worthwhile and well-acted examination of aging instead turns into a clumsy road-trip adventure.
February 6, 2017
Complex dramedy explores issues related to assisted suicide.
February 3, 2017
Oregon is more than a bittersweet look at a man deciding to end his life before he's too invalid to have a say in the matter: It's a study of how plain ol' stubbornness can keep a family forever brimming with dysfunction.
February 3, 2017
Is this all well-acted? It certainly is, especially by Langella. But all things being equal, I'd prefer to see him in a revival of The Man Who Came To Dinner.
February 2, 2017
A depressing slog that could have been so much more, "Youth in Oregon" suggests that loving someone gives us the right to override their decisions.
Top Critic
February 2, 2017
Langella's tightly controlled stillness makes Ray's tantrums far less potent than the grim stoicism with which he faces his physical indignities, and his quiet domination of a family that's barely holding it together.
February 2, 2017
Moore is primarily known as an actor but this is the third feature he's directed, and he proves surprisingly unable to get layered performances out of some great actors.
February 2, 2017
Youth in Oregon is a struggle to get through, but it opens up and reveals itself with genuine catharsis in its closing.
February 1, 2017
It may be a predictable ride, but it's still a charming one.
February 1, 2017
Youth in Oregon delivers a heart-wrenching look at euthanasia without being preachy. It talks about dying with dignity and dying amid a sea of love.
January 31, 2017
...gets by on the talents of its cast...But this divided family's problems are resolved all too easily, Raymond's crisis an overblown catalyst.
January 31, 2017
The caliber of the cast helps make "Youth in Oregon" a cut above what the been-there-before story deserves.
January 30, 2017
Joel David Moore's film is too often distracted by irrelevant emotional grandstanding.
January 16, 2017
A drama that struggles to breathe life into its death-themed narrative.
April 26, 2016
It's less a drama than a checklist of familial melodrama tropes, in which everybody fights and yells and cries and embraces, and you've seen it all before, and better than this.
April 17, 2016
A surprisingly uplifting film about a very difficult topic, Youth In Oregon's remarkable ensemble cast elevate the story into something unique and profound.
April 17, 2016
Maudlin and mannered, this contrived indie squanders another fine late-career performance from Frank Langella, dousing its treatment of the subject in affectations until it's snuffed out any trace of genuine life.