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Youth Without Youth Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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?
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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
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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-
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2007
Mr. Coppola is one of the cinema's peerless masters, and I would have enjoyed nothing more than a chance to celebrate his new film. I'm truly sorry to say, then, that I found it impenetrable.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 14, 2007
While a movie doesn't have to make literal sense to be good, a filmmaker can't be so lost in his own universe that he forgets his job is to open it out to the rest of us. And that, apparently, is what has happened to Coppola here.
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 14, 2007
The craftsmanship is undeniably polished. It's just too bad the story is so plodding and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
Youth Without Youth is lush and heartfelt, but compelling only in fits and starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 14, 2007
I don't want to say this thing is complicated, but Tom Stoppard just called to beg for an explanation.... I apologize for all the elements I'm leaving out, but my editor ordered me to keep this piece under 40 million words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 14, 2007
The year's most bizarre novelty item.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2007
Ultimately, Youth Without Youth is more intriguing than it is satisfying. It hooks you, then lets you flounder.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 13, 2007
Coppola has gone uprriver again in an effort to reinvent himself and cinema in the process. He ultimately fails, but he can't be faulted for trying.
| Original Score: C+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 13, 2007
Borderline incomprehensible and often exasperatingly arty, Youth Without Youth is nevertheless a movie that, somehow, successfully conveys a great deal of heartbreak. It's a personal film in the best and worst senses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 13, 2007
There's just enough greatness scattered in Youth Without Youth to make you wonder why there can't be more.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
December 13, 2007
Even ace editor Walter Murch struggles to give coherence to the professor's fractured, episodic journey through darkening wartime exile in Geneva, to the brighter revelations of '50s India and the sun-kissed Mediterranean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 12, 2007
An incomprehensible, pretentious, meandering mess -- so self-serious, it's laughable.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
The movie is one soporific, depressed, deadeningly vague scene after another.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 11, 2007
This is hardly Coppola's greatest movie, but it's far from his worst -- its bid for a new beginning is one from the heart.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 10, 2007
Coppola takes a subject that once would have made him gaga and explores it with tenderness and lucidity.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2007
Handsomely made on a low budget, the film has the polished look of a Coppola film with expert contributions from some master craftsmen. But the story is full of arcane references that many will find nonsensical, and the performances are a letdown.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
October 23, 2007
Youth Without Youth will translate to cinemas without audiences.