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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) to help nurse him through his chemotherapy treatment. As the two struggle through the debilitating effects of Victor's treatment, they fall in love and attempt to make the most of their time together. Campbell Scott's real mother, the late Colleen Dewhurst, plays his "reel" mother in the film.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"This is an upsetting, moving film -- not one for the weak of stomach, mind or heart."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Joel Schumacher has converted Richard Friedenberg's cliche-ridden, uninspired script into a generally tasteful though altogether unexciting cinematic experience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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?"
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?"
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Donate the ticket money you would have spent to medical research, and stay home."
‑ Jack Yeovil, Empire Magazine
"Joel Schumacher's lamentable tear-jerker is a crass crossbreed of Love Story and Pretty Woman."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"It's not a strong or particularly endearing motion picture, caught in the stylish middle, with Schumacher Schumachering all over the film with extravagant lighting and blustery interiors."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"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."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Worst of all, Dying Young is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A decidedly dubious early 1990s love story from Joel Schumacher. The Kenny G sax solos don't help either."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Dying Young belongs to the luminous Roberts. She is becoming one of the screen's finer actresses."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Just try and hold back the tears.. it's impossible"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
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