San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A dark comedy that confirms Diablo Cody as a screenwriter of importance, eliminates the last shred of doubt that Jason Reitman is a major director and gives Charlize Theron her best showcase since "Monster."
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Young Adult bumps along with nasty swerves, middle finger proudly in the air, toward an ending blessedly free of anything warm, fuzzy, or optimistic. Now that's adult entertainment.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A cockeyed comic triumph that flashes between bright and dark like a strobe light of the spirit. And Ms. Theron, as Mavis Gary, a self-styled author rather than a mere writer, succeeds sensationally at something much harder than playing ravaged.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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By Bob Mondello
So it makes sense that Young Adult feels at times like a mashup of styles and genres - part curdled rom-com, part psycho-prom-queen flick, with a little "Revenge of the Nerds" thrown in.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this tale of stunted development, Theron is a comic force of nature, giving her character considerable density and humanity despite her monstrous aspects.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A pitch-black comedy steeped in bitterness and regret.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Diablo Cody wrote Young Adult, and it's an improvement over "Juno," her first script.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Their scenes together are the film's best, with Theron and Oswalt, who have very different tempi and temperatures as performers, parrying and thrusting with great expertise.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While on sardonic turf, it's scathingly funny. Then it veers from biting wit to pitiful. At one juncture, the story threatens to spin off into "Fatal Attraction" territory.
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71 out of 100
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