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Youth Without Youth Reviews

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Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Finds the filmmaker admirably working without a safety net
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
| Original Score: B
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-
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 21, 2007
[It may be a ] kind of aesthetic mutant, but it's the sort of film whose weakest points only make it more interesting.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 21, 2007
I suspect that it will be registered as one of those fascinating follies that retains its mystique and allure long after the memory of the more successful films of the season has faded into nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 20, 2007
... Coppola isn't as invested in the ideas as he is in their cinematic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2007
Youth Without Youth is well worth seeing.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 17, 2007
Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a decade is perhaps the most complex, exasperating and challenging material he's ever directed.
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
December 14, 2007
Francis Ford Coppola is making movies again, and that's reason enough to rejoice. Even if it ends up a baffling intellectual riff, Youth Without Youth still resonates deeply in ways younger filmmakers would never even dare consider.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 14, 2007
Youth Without Youth is a narratively ambitious, visually sumptuous surrealist enterprise that tries to bend time and space together as neatly as the folds in an origami swan.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 14, 2007
The movie has been labeled 'stilted,' 'soporific,' and 'a pretentious, meandering mess.' But you certainly couldn't call it conventional, predictable, or pandering. This film is stubbornly, almost insanely, itself.
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 13, 2007
Challenges one to keep up, but its destination is disappointingly simplistic. Just the same, I look back on the film with a wry smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 8, 2008
A classic example of the "what-was-he-thinking?" movie, Youth Without Youth unfolds in a sort of formal dream state devoid of day-to-day normalcy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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