• Released
  • April 16, 2004
  • NC-17
  • Period Film
    Erotic Drama
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The clammy power of Young Adam lies as much in the frank, emotional nakedness the actors bring to their roles under Mackenzie's care as in the baroque hopelessness of the plot.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a movie drama with a surface so bleak and an interior so hot with eroticism that it twists your guts to watch it.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is an almost Dostoyevskian study of a man brooding upon evil until it paralyzes him.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Tilda Swinton's rich, compelling performance is reason enough to see this uneven picture, which devolves from a riveting romantic triangle to a morality tale without a moral center.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Also quite fine is the film's musical score from David Byrne, as unsettling and edgy as the story.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
This movie is so much the opposite of uplifting that you think Gary Oldman ought to be in it. But it's honestly made, and its second half does linger in the memory.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Unfolds with an absolute minimum of dramatic highs and lows, and it's so disaffected that it prompts laughter at the wrong moments.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are movies that are important, and then there are movies that simply look and act as if they're important. With its arthouse cast, hipster credentials and ominous atmosphere, Young Adam never bothers to reach for real significance.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Suffers from a lifelessness that seems built into the terse, slightly detached style of the director, David Mackenzie, who also did the adaptation.
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67 out of 100
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