'Young Adult' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
80%
Rotten Tomatoes:   183 reviews
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Reitman has made the equivalent of a Roland Emmerich disaster movie writ small, an apocalyptic scenario internalized by a single person.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A low-key, indie-style comedy that plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    There are plenty of sharp apercus and poignant character moments in "Young Adult," to be sure, but it's hard to tell where the movie's awkward comic knife edge slides away into clunkiness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dan Kois Slate (Top Critic)
    Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies, a ruthless portrait of a heroine with a serious love/loathe relationship with herself.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    The attitude toward the protagonist is thinly-veiled contempt ... until, in the last 20 minutes or so, they attempt to turn her into an object of sympathy. It doesn't work and, on balance, neither does Young Adult.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    On a scene-by-scene basis, Young Adult entirely engages with its smart exchanges between characters who are well equipped with rough edges and raw nerves.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    In the vein of Alexander Payne, Reitman finds just the right affectionately mocking tone in taking some jabs at small-town Midwestern life.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    In a thorny role, Theron is splendid; she instinctively reveals everything Mavis doesn't know about herself and offers an intimate peek into a wayward soul.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    Patton Oswalt's dark duet with Charlize Theron is funny, touching and vital. But fair warning: The laughs in Young Adult leave bruises.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    90
    Charlize Theron delivers one of the most impressive performances of the year.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    There is a brashness of style that both Cody and Reitman embody - almost demanding that we not only laugh at, but like the unlikable side of the human condition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karen Benardello We Got This Covered
    80
    Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron create a realistic insight into what happens to the popular high school student who can't adjust to the real world in Young Adult.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Carty Flix Capacitor
    80
    With Juno, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody gifted us a sunny gem where self-aware teens spoke like adults, but with Young Adult they give us a darker piece where an unaware, self-deceptive 'adult' sees the world like a teen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    63
    "Young Adult" is not a terrible film, just one that was not thought out very well.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Erick Weber NECN
    59
    Theron crushes the role, channeling her best Mean Girls impression, providing Mavis a riotously self-centered persona.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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  • Blake Howard 2UE That Movie Show
    80
    You're squirming watching this abhorrent behaviour and you're challenged to re-evaluate your golden perception of the past. Young Adult isn't going to be exactly what you expect - enjoy it. It's a nice relief to be surprised.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    63
    Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have still managed to get at a fundamental truth that screenplays traditionally ignore. People don't change. Character "arc" is one of those myths that movies perpetuate.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Catherine Bray Film4
    90
    It's so rare that women get to play fully rounded, three dimensional, flawed human beings, that's it's almost kind of unsettling to realise that's what's going on here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    50
    A cautionary tale? A slice of life? A demeaning of big-city shallowness or small-town complacency? Who knows. It's certainly a depressing black comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ryan Cracknell Movie Views
    Filled with pain disguised as comedy, it presents a real-life Peter Pan complex where letting go of one's youth is complicated and painful.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cameron Williams The Popcorn Junkie
    40
    Cody and Reitman were once two of the most promising talents in the filmmaking business, but Young Adult erases any of their past success from memory. I truly hope for a return to form soon because YA is a real downer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ed Whitfield The Ooh Tray
    Anthropological rather than aspirational.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    50
    ...a narrative treadmill; you get the sense Mavis is still out there somewhere, lonely and lost as when we first met her.
    Full Review » 2 years ago