Youth in Revolt Reviews

  • 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

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