Young Adult Reviews

  • The really pretty Theron captures that state of really ugly inner childishness (articulated so sharply by Cody) with such precision, it makes you want to hear stories of her own high school experience.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Shorter than a bad blind date and as sour as a vinegar Popsicle, "Young Adult" shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Screenwriter Diablo Cody has crafted a precisely drawn portrait of a surly, emotionally stunted woman.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • There's enough grit in the film's gears to keep the forward motion from ever getting too smooth.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The movie doesn't weigh that much, but it has a kind of point-blank piquancy that has gradually seeped out of American comedies, which now are mostly going for broad, topical gags that rarely venture into the relatable shadows of human behavior.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Young Adult might be brushed off as curdled rom-com were it not for two things. The first is the depth of Theron's performance.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • "Young Adult" may at times be stuck between emotional gears, but that's by design. Like its heroine, the movie refuses to pick up after itself.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • What makes the movie marvelous is the same combination that the filmmaker and writer brought to "Juno" -- unerringly subtle yet precise direction plus a literate script with dramatic energy and a delicate tone.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The comedy of discomfort, so long defined by Curb Your Enthusiasm and its ilk, gets a new hue with Young Adult.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • There's little about Mavis that makes for feel-good revelry. That's an understatement, perhaps. Yet, Theron's work feels true to Mavis' malaise -- and often, just as sad.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...the film and its cast portray the [characters] with steadfastness, precision, empathy and a kind of poignant wisdom.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • As I absorbed it, I realized what a fearless character study it is. That sometimes it's funny doesn't hurt.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Theron nails the specifics of her character, all the distress signals, from the nervous hair-pulling to the relentless default sarcasm.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie suffers from the sort of self-pitying fog that can envelop a writer when he dives into his own malaise.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Theron is thrillingly nasty as Mavis.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a step in a new direction, both for the creative team and for movies, a mature and humane comedy centered on a misanthropic female antihero. Think of it as "Juno's" wicked stepsister.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Reitman makes bold choices with the story. Not all are fun to watch in the moment, but they add up to a satisfying portrait of a woman off the rails, someone we can laugh at even when we're horrified.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Ms. Theron, a true beauty and one of the screen's most exquisite actors, keeps the film airborne even when it seems dangerously earthbound. She's a one-woman emergency rescue squad.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Reteaming pop-savvy scribe Diablo Cody with Juno director Jason Reitman, Young Adult revels in breaking the rules of safe Hollywood storytelling.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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