Dying Young
Dying Young (1991)

Directed by Joel Schumacher, Dying Young was adapted from a novel by Marti Leimbach. When Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott) discovers that he is suffering from leukemia, his wealthy family hires pretty, young Hillary O'Neil (Julia Roberts)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Where most contemporary directors would be looking for ways to demonstrate their superiority to the material -- dropping in campy asides or meaningless technical flourishes -- Schumacher is looking for ways to make it work.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

It also lacks cuteness, which a movie of this sort needs. A film as predictable as this one is seriously in need of scenes that stand out, scenes that give the movie a little life, no pun intended.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Yes, it is good to see how much of a difference actors can make with flimsy material, but wouldn't it be nice if they had something with more than the emotional weight of a Twinkie to work on?

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?

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Jack Yeovil
Empire Magazine

Donate the ticket money you would have spent to medical research, and stay home.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The onslaught-of-illness stuff is rendered not with emotion but with makeup and lighting. The actors are reduced to models in a film that tries to sell compassion by the shot.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Worst of all, Dying Young is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other.

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Daniel Etherington
Film4

A decidedly dubious early 1990s love story from Joel Schumacher. The Kenny G sax solos don't help either.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
She gave him something nobody else could. A reason to live.
Sunil Jawahir
Nothing groundbreaking but good.
Summer W.
Sappy. It's so sappy that it's like the sap that drips onto your car and removes the paint.
Erin Collins
Really depressing movie, but Julia and Scott did really well together.
Film Crazy
it was ok sad film but shows gr8 companion ship and that someone will do anything for love not one of her bests though
Lee Kyle
sad depressing yarn