Truth is, there's also too much
Michael Cera. Which isn't the star's fault. I blame the movie's bad timing, and its delayed release.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It is very silly, and it may take you some time to tune in to the giggle wavelength. Once you have, it's very funny.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's a pleasant surprise to see the engaging, soft-spoken star of Superbad and Juno stretch and play a devil-may-care slimeball.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
From The Catcher in the Rye to Rushmore, it's a story we've seen in better versions before.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
There are some good, sharp, surprising laughs in Youth in Revolt. So why does it feel so dreadfully familiar?
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Nash and director Miguel Arteta try too hard; they want their movie branded a cult favorite before anyone's even seen it.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
Francois ultimately resembles every other character Cera has played, only with a mustache and a dirtier mouth. If he wants to show us what else he can do, he'll need to stage a much bigger rebellion than this.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Youth in Revolt is basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble with several stretches of lively farce...
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes, let's face it, some pretty questionable ideas.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Some may find such elements desperate or calculated in their quirky-cuteness, but I think they add to the movie's efforts to evoke the surrealism and excruciating intensity of, as the title puts it, youth in revolt.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
I love this new breed of dirty movie. It goes beyond leering, beyond sexism, to the core tension of a culture that ricochets between Puritanism and promiscuity. And it has in Michael Cera a sterling mascot.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Cera's style lends itself to one note, and the movie wisely gives him another character to play, an imaginary alter ego named Francois Dillinger, inspired by Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I laughed a fair bit. That's no ringing endorsement, but it's January.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Mildly diverting rather than uproarious, the film still stands out among teen sex comedies for its low-key approach to antic material.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
Although director Miguel Arteta's adaptation of C.D. Payne's cult-fave book series brings little new to the coming-of-age comedy genre, it's hard not to be beguiled by Youth in Revolt.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Youth in Revolt is a teen fantasy filled with lust, imagination, frustration and lots of laughs, artfully made and superbly played.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Doubleday's Sheeni is charming, smart and pretty and has just that hint of knowing danger that drives teenage boys insane. And Cera? No one does this kind of thing better, which is presumably why he keeps doing it.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story.
Peter Debruge - Variety
An improbable but hilarious combine of losin'-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
"Punk" and "rebel" don't belong in the same sentence with "Michael Cera." But somehow, they connect in the few-holds-barred teen comedy Youth in Revolt.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It's an amusing concept as far as it goes, although it doesn't go far enough.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Cera may be trapped in his unchanging persona, but no more than this picture is walled in by its sitcom conventions.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The picture has enough charm to make us feel something for its shy, gangly protagonist, and enough bite to keep us from wanting to kill him.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's not that the film is fatally flawed, but the tone is uneven, the satire is blunt, the comedy rarely generates more than feeble laughs, and the lead character never comes fully to life.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
Areta's film has whimsy and a few great lines, but not enough originality.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Uneven but occasionally quite funny...
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Director Miguel Arteta, working from a tight script by Gustin Nash, tinges the mirth with malice. Sweet.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Michael Cera adopts a mischievous alter ego in an attempt to reunite with his dream girl in a familiarly peculiar story.
Sarah Sluis - Film Journal International
Dave White - Movies.com
Playing on feelings and impulses that I'm sure we all relate to, a witty and playful portrait of teen love emerges out of a less exciting teen comedy.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Dean Essner - Christian Science Monitor
Nick Twisp is no Scott Pilgrim, but this is another witty ensemble comedy that successfully reinvigorates that most benighted of genres, the teen film.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Story of "bad-boy" teen is funny, but also rough and raw.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
Arteta's faithfulness to Payne's text, themes and visions never gel as a wholly satisfying film.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
...an engaging and faithful adaptation of Payne's admittedly superior novel.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Michael Cera goes to the sweet-tempered high school persona well once (or twice) too often with, sigh, Nick Twisp, who lives in hormonal agony with his sex-obsessed divorced mother (Jean Smart) and her nasty boyfriend.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
[Its] classic cinema shoutouts and gaggle of off-kilter characters feel like retreads.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Deviates from the teen comedy norm and becomes something darker, edgier, and more unexpectedly funny.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Makes early claims for the best comedy of 2010.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Cera's hilarious performance as a modern day Holden Caulfield makes Youth in Revolt a must-see for any fan of hipster comedies.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
In an irreverent and adorable coming-to-maturity story, Michael Cera displays versatility in a dual role.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
When Francois Dillinger is on screen, the movie comes alive...the rest of the time it's that post-Napoleon Dynamite sort of plodding study of eccentricity.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Michael Cera's act got old awful fast, didn't it?
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
I'm now officially done caring whether Michael Cera loses his virginity. So, it seems in this hit-and-miss comedy, is Cera.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Smug, dead-air-riddled adaptation of C.D. Payne's novel
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The whole thing just seems as if it's trying too hard.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
A treat for Cera fans and an amusing diversion for the rest of us. Especially those of us happy to laugh at our inner pretentious teenager.
Dean Essner - Film4
The initial wit is replaced by youthful high jinks, animated interludes and some incredibly convoluted plotting. A shame really because for the first half hour this looked like comedy gold.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A regularly ribtickling but ultimately unsatisfying ride into the realms of teen angst - but one that showcases the undoubted talents of Michael Cera when he has the opportunity to play against type.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
If you're looking for constant chuckles, memorable scenes, quirky dialogue and hilarious characters then get youthful, get some sweeties and get involved.
Dean Essner - Sky Movies
This is yet another of those Hollywood coming-of-age movies where no one grows up. I've seen worse, but that's my problem.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Gustin Nash's script takes several well-aimed pot shots at typical teen-movie conventions, but has the tendency to occasionally wallow in the crude humour of the American Pie films.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
Funny in a casual way and charming in an oddball way.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
The contrast between Nick and his bad angel whips up a pleasing comedy of delinquency, flavoured along the way by reliable character turns from Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart and Ray Liotta. But it's Cera who pulls the thing together.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
It's very funny to be honest and most of the characters are perfectly cast, but Youth in Revolt is a movie in which literally nothing happens. At no point are any of the characters or plotlines developed and most of them are abandoned towards the end.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
In a wickedly witty dual role in the funniest teen flick in a long time, Cera finally seems to loosen up and have some fun.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
The characters and story drive the comedy; the dialogue brings the nuanced grace notes.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A fresh, funny take on the classic coming-of-age tale, and a chance for Cera to show us what he's made of.
Rosamund Witcher - Heat Magazine
A little too manic for its own good, Youth in Revolt is restless and unruly. Too often forcibly mean-spirited, it only elicits a handful of genuine laughs.
Josh Winning - Little White Lies
The whole thing's a terrible mess and Cera's star, once rapidly rising, is now almost in freefall.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
[Cera's] a fresh enough performer to hold centre stage in comedies like this.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Whimsical, saucy, funny and achingly embarrassing, this is a beguiling if derivative goodboy- spins-out farce. But Cera really should make this his dweeb swansong lest he outstay his welcome.
Jane Crowther - Total Film
It's chaotic and episodic, but this is Cera's star turn. Superbad meets Fight Club? That'll do it.
Andrew Male - Empire Magazine
Peaches Geldof would probably love it. And film reviews don't get any more depressing than that.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
All credit to Cera for trying something a little different. It's just a shame Youth in Revolt feels so episodic and shapeless that it's hard to take any pleasure in its theatre of cruelty.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A delightfully dark teen comedy with a frequently funny script and superb performances from a terrific cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
...an entertaining comedy about adolescent sexual obsession, Cera gives a breakout performance in a double role.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Coming-of-age teen pic, an homage to Breathless, which will probably not take away your breath.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It plays to Cera's strengths, which, though overly familiar at this point, are still strengths.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Michael Cera can't forever play a teenage boy in search of lust. That's a shame, because there are a lot of lousy movies in this genre, and he's in the good ones.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Call this one the thinking boy's sex romp.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Detached from whatever world in which it is set and whatever characters inhabit it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
If Michael Cera were a dog, he'd probably be a chihuahua. Not a yappy chihuahua, but a nervous, quiet one, lacking in confidence and bravado.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A stunningly lazy, smarmy comedy with very few honest laughs.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The book may have had a point, the movie doesn't. And when is Michael Cera going to find a different type of role and show some range?
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Though ... clearly a comedy, the tone ... is realistic enough to create some of the same discomfort that made last year's Observe and Report either daringly brilliant or just plain creepy, depending on your point of view.
Andy Klein - Brand X
If pretentious hipster kids annoy you in real life, they'll bug the hell out of you in Youth in Revolt.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
I love Michael Cera, just not this time.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It runs out of inspiration eventually. But not before a solid hour or so of consistently amusing absurdist humor that's way more off-kilter than is usual for a comedy about randy young men.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
This defiant and sinful comedy makes for a hilarious start to 2010.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Nick's oversized feet balloon away from his body, as if they're trying to separate themselves from this unbelievably dumb guy. Cera's playing dumb again -- dumb as a fox. But this time, we're in on the joke.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
As a whole, "Youth in Revolt" is simply an overwhelming success--as a comedy, a romance, and as a new career-high for Michael Cera. A dark, stylish and incredibly funny triumph.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Pretentious, but lovingly so.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Despite a few good moments, 'Youth in Revolt' turns out to be a hodgepodge of dysfunctional family scenes, drug sequences, lustful teens and cartoon inserts.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
As for Michael Cera's career? Look a falling star! Make a wish!
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
This is film clearly made by people who remember all to well what it was like to be a teenager throbbing with hormones.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Youth in Revolt? Forget that! Let's focus on critic in revolt. Even a little [Michael] Cera is too much.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Michael Cera puts another notch in his droll performance belt.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Finally, hipster intellectuals have a Porky's of their own.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
It has all the hallmarks of a Michael Cera movie. This time out, though, Cera opens up his familiar whimsical-nerd character, inserts a grenade (well, a small grenade) and pulls the pin.
Kurt Loder - MTV
It's an enjoyable enough exercise in teen angst triumphing.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The two Michael Ceras interact like "The Parent Trap" on crack.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
If you were to hire a high-profile lawyer, you could probably come up with a convincing false advertising claim against the people who put together the trailers for Youth in Revolt.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
The studio's lackluster release will likely mean it'll thrive on DVD. Don't wait for that. Youth in Revolt is worth making a trip to the theaters.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
A genial, shambling portrait of a first, obsessive infatuation.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Cera proves that he can also do more than capitalize on his boyish face.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The result is a brassy and unique production that might eventually land in the same cult classic territory as the C.D. Payne book it's based on.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
It's not earth-shaking, but it's diverting and polished.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Dean Essner - National Post
An oddball adolescent goes on a wild quest to lose his virginity and to find true love with a seductive and mysterious young woman.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Michael Cera and the rest of the cast lift Youth in Revolt beyond the cutesy pie piecemeal affectations. As a result, what could have been great is only marginally good.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It's odd and fun watching Cera dip into this peculiar range of voguish deadpan profanity.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Arteta commits to the lasciviousness, turning Youth in Revolt into more of a self-aware, comedic adaptation of Scott Spencer's Endless Love, which was originally botched by Franco Zeffireli.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
The heavy lifting falls to Cera, who can't quite carry the weight of his dual performance. - NERVE.COM
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
Finally reveals a new side of Cera that has been years and years in coming. It's nice to see that the kid has range, and range he has got.
Leslie Gornstein - E! Online
A surprisingly charming and eccentric comedy; a riff on common themes in the world of teenage romantic comedies but done so with a unique, entertaining style.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
This hormonally-charged teen comedy has one ace hiding up its sleeve %u2013 a brain.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
"Yes, even smart, artistic and good boys are exploding with hormones at age sixteen."
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
More of the same from Cera, and not terribly funny to boot.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
A movie with great dialogue, silly situations and enough teen angst to win over the most hardened of hearts.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Oh, someone deliver us from boys and their self-entitlement, boys and their cluelessness, boys and their rage when male privilege fails to extend itself toward them in a manner they deem proper...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Barely fresh, Youth in Revolt stars Michael Cera pretty much playing the same character he always plays. The first act was hilarious but then goes downhill.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Whimsical, mostly engaging and occasionally funny, but it's too uneven, pretentious, and lacks genuine poignancy as a coming of age story.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Just roll with the amusement provided by Cera and a deep supporting cast (Justin Long, Fred Willard, Adhir Kalyan, Jonathan B. Wright) and the ability of director Arteta and screenwriter Gustin Nash to keep matters at just the right ironic distance.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Cera's Nick is like a lot of the actor's previous roles -- mild-mannered, smarter than everyone else -- but Cera's nimble performance keeps his frequently mean character from seeming mean.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's little to care about in Youth in Revolt, and even less to laugh with; the film lost in a stupor it never successfully navigates out of.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Youth In Revolt is a little too clever and a little too willfully verbose for its own good, but it's rare and a little wonderful to see a comedy about the sex lives of teenagers that suffers from an excess of ideas and ambition instead of a dearth.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
The tone is sweetly raucous, the acting accomplished, and the directing occasionally inventive, but 'Youth in Revolt' contains few surprises.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's Fight Club crossed with puberty.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This tale of a sex-crazed teen who invents a nasty alter-ego in a perverse bid to seduce his dream girl has too many unfunny moments to justify more than a rental...
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
By its end Youth in Revolt has flown off the tracks completely.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A picaresque booster shot of wily irreverence that puts a fresh, outrageous spin on adolescent obsession and rebellion...
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
It has a good heart, is well-made, and will definitely get the job done as a savior from the January doldrums that are bound to surface in the coming weeks.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Youth in Revolt follows what happens when a good kid turns hilariously rotten for the sake of love.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's fun to watch Cera put his own brand of hipster on and "Youth in Revolt" has a lot of funny moments, but Arteta's made an ungainly movie that ricochets around a lot and doesn't really add up to a whole lot.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Between delightful sequences of animation, vibrant performances by the likes of Justin Long, Fred Willard and Ray Liotta, and Arteta's mastery over comic tones ranging from the sensitive to the surreal, this is the rare movie one doesn't want to end.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Michael Cera's probably not cut out to be a leading man, but if he's going to play the lead in your movie, then you'll need at least two of him. Maybe more.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
your average Holden Caulfield fanatic will find his tale fun, but there's nothing much here that's new aside from facial hair on Cera
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
While the preoccupation with teen sex is distasteful, the film also appears to be making a case that sincerity and genuineness are the way to a woman's heart.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Perhaps this all works better on the printed page, where readers don't actually have to watch the character behave so rudely. (Or better before Cera rewrote much of the script.)
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
As the precocious and nubile Sheeni Saunders, newcomer Portia Doubleday is the first major discovery of 2010.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Youth in Revolt is a delightful film that makes no apologies for its irreverence. It's also the first great comedy of this decade.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The story congeals into a sometimes sweet and other times raucous comedy, yet also loses its grip.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
As one of the first releases of 2010, it is doubtful many viewers will remember Youth in Revolt by 2011.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Thanks to its dizzy comic style, Youth in Revolt is more than the standard coming-of-age comedy. It's silly, surreal and offers the best comic role for the deadpan Cera since Superbad.
Steve Ramos - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The filmmakers try really hard to be hip and inventive but aren't. Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, and M. Emmet Walsh are among the indie casualties.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Tries too hard to be quirky and fails.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Youth in Revolt has one of the most dishonest endings in recent memory, a conclusion that is not simply insincere, but a bold-faced lie that stands in opposition to every frame of film that has gone before it.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
There's a genial throwback feel to the movie's style that recalls scrappy sex comedies of the 1980s.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Despite Cera's consderable charm, the alternately scruffy and diffident tone that Arteta and Nash bring to the material leave it feeling both forced and limp.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Has a strong Dickensian flavor, blending slapstick with social satire...You'll laugh at Cera's off-rhythm delivery and casual sharpness wrapped in the softest possible tones.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Light, comic, and less black than the books, this is a fun piece of fluff that melts away like cotton candy.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
But even apart from the film's vaguely insane endorsement of love at all costs, there's the fact that much of it is simply not very funny.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Cera's scenes with Ray Liotta, as a local cop dating Nick's mom, are priceless. He may not be Holden Caufield, but in this day and age Nick represents a fresh breeze of youthful rebellion.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
This red state versus blue state daringly offbeat chucklefest elevates that notorious dumb and dumber genre known as teen comedy, into fresh and verbally tangy territory. Enough so, to easily earn this movie informal bragging rights as Juno II.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The frustrations of puppy love are on greatly entertaining display.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's a kick to see Cera cut loose from his patented befuddled-nerd routine, even if the film's caricatured performances and fish-in-a-barrel scorn are sure to be monotonous for some.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
In a dual role, as a quitely rebellious outsider and as his wilder alter ego, Michael Cera renders enormously charming performances that elevate this coming of age comedy way above its familiar subject and conventional secondary characters.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Director Miguel Arteta can't quite keep all the balls in the air long enough to sustain the film's running time, but he does manage a bang-up ending that's worth the wait.
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
Michael Cera, practically the poster-child for this strain of hip comedies, plays yet another awkward teen looking to win the girl, but like the film itself, he's spinning his wheels a bit.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
As a huge fan of the source material, I have to say this is as good of a big-screen adaptation as you're going to get from Youth in Revolt.
Erik Davis - Cinematical
Cera's best work since ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium