Youth Without Youth Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Finds the filmmaker admirably working without a safety net
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 19, 2009
Nem mesmo a bela fotografia e a impecável direção de arte conseguem salvar esta bagunça narrativa que, sob a desculpa de promover uma discussão metafísica, faz Coppola parecer um cineasta em início de carreira.
| Original Score: 1/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 27, 2008
Very much a film of this era, its director returning after a ten-year absence from the cinema with a peculiar little masterpiece about things unrecoverable in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 21, 2008
Youth Without Youth smacks of vanity project from the first poetic moments to the last, and whose vanity lays a stronger claim to the big screen than Francis Ford Coppola's?
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 19, 2008
For all its flaws and there aren't very many, with Youth Without Youth you know you're in the hands of a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 14, 2008
Coppola may be back, but he's a long way from being back on form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 14, 2008
A stilted and inelegant work, well below par for Francis Ford Coppola
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
May 12, 2008
You want a story? Read the front page. I'm here for the picture show.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Prairie Miller
May 9, 2008
With all the nurses making moves on the suicidal old codger's renovated physique, Coppola's Youth Without Youth comes across as somewhere between The Godfather On Viagra and Apocalypse Then, Redux.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 13, 2008
Though not an easy film to grasp or possibly enjoy, it's nevertheless a mindblowing acid-like excursion into the secret world of Orientalism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 26, 2008
This pretentious, impenetrable and deadly dull film never resonates as anything more than an aging filmmaker's feeble grasp at his own lost youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 14, 2008
Coppola was more efficiently mystical when he wasn't trying so hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
This is the perfect example of what can happen when a producer/director/writer doesn't have to answer to anyone. Coppola makes an artistic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
February 29, 2008
It often feels like a dream -- specifically, someone else's, a nonlinear, illogical synapse explosion that's always fascinating to the person in whose head it detonated but not so much to those experiencing it secondhand.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
February 29, 2008
So much of Youth Without Youth is impenetrable, and not in a way that makes you want to solve the puzzle, but in a way that makes you want to knock the puzzle pieces off the table and flee the room.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2008
It would be easier to sit back and rest on his legend rather than press on as an average filmmaker, which is what Coppola has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 2008
Youth Without Youth is so beautiful, in fact, that it almost transcends the epic bunkum of Coppola's script. But almost doesn't count, even when it is uttered in ancient tongues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
The suspicion that all this froth builds up towards nothing but some poetic imagery is inexorably realized and sours the magic of the second half of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 26, 2008
It's a clear case of an artist indulging his personal vision and getting so carried away by his muse, he's forgotten the most important rule of filmmaking: Other people have to sit through this s**t too.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
January 25, 2008
This film's playful visual language pulls you in rather than shuts you out; it isn't difficult to decipher, and it enables Coppola and his editor, Walter Murch, to navigate the story's many realms with a directness and dexterity that are refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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