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Youth Without Youth Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 25, 2008
If making "Youth Without Youth" helped to clean out the pipes for Francis Ford Coppola and spurs him on to do better films, then that's great. The film has served a purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 17, 2008
With a made-up language, Dominic asserts, he can "describe paradoxical situations, impossible to express in any existing language." This might be one way to describe Youth Without Youth, a movie conceived as a kind of insular language%u2014convolut
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2008
...nothing less than a complete mess that often resembles an arty student film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 11, 2008
Coppola is still a master image maker, and there are moments of genuine beauty and cinematic power in Youth Without Youth that cannot be waved off with a shrug or a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 11, 2008
Although it's easy to admire what [Coppola] was attempting to do with Youth Without Youth, the movie fails on such a thorough and complete level that to call it a noble attempt isn't really fair: It's really a colossal miscalculation.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 11, 2008
A terrible mess of mystical mumbo jumbo, but you have to give Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth this: It is one magnificent and interesting failure of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 10, 2008
Unfortunately, Youth becomes so lost in its own conceptual, convoluted vortex, it becomes virtually incomprehensible.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 4, 2008
Francis Ford Coppola's first film in 10 years deserves serious attention, but this massive dose of Nembutal only manages to render you too comatose to think.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 4, 2008
How's this for a ringing endorsement: Watching Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's first film in nearly a decade, is like taking a philosophy exam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 4, 2008
You should know that the film's incomprehensible bits are complemented by much incomprehensible blather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 4, 2008
Not so much a bad movie as a dispiritingly unnecessary one (especially by a once-great director), Youth Without Youth ultimately boils down to a long, autumn stroll around the block to a place everyone winds up at some time or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 29, 2007
A boondoggle so obnoxious in concept and execution that it's hard to see why [Coppola] thought that it might be a good idea to try filming it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2007
Too much of the film is a muddle, and it feels like work, not play.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2007
I'm all for bold screwiness, but this provocation seems labored despite the striking images.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2007
Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in 10 years is a technically dazzling work, but humanly a bewildering one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 21, 2007
Coppola has conviction even with the airiest elements. The churn and sweep of time, memory, karma, the whole enchilada of fate, give the story a weirdly compulsive charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2007
Meandering and often incomprehensible.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2007
Youth Without Youth proves that Francis Ford Coppola can still make a movie, but not that he still knows how to choose his projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 21, 2007
Virtually every scene is suitable for framing, if not necessarily for watching.
| Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
December 21, 2007
If Coppola had started his career with this sort of mush, we might never have gotten Apocalypse Now or The Godfather.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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