Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)
Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) (1952)

The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Buñuel showed no signs of curbing the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 24, 1952
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Funnell
Time Out

It's a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we're warned in an opening voiceover, it offers no easy way to untie, rousing a sickening sense of injustice.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Once seen, this movie can never be forgotten.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Bowery Boys and Pinturas Negras, Luis Buñuel's lower depths

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

The film that Buñuel said reinvigorated his career, and indeed, its love of his young characters and his energetic, grassroots direction imbues it with a seemingly youthful vigor, even though Buñuel was 50 when he made it.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Although made with meticulous realism and unquestioned fidelity to facts, its qualifications as dramatic entertainment -- or even social reportage -- are dim.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Bunuel's chronicle of juvenile delinquents in Mexico is one of the first and best features about this issue.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Every viewing of Los Olvidados offers further proof of its perfection.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Buñuel's apparent lack of compassion for his juvenile delinquents is what finally makes the film an unusually powerful social document and a disturbing piece of drama.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

The mean older sibling of every hell-is-for-children shocker from Pixote to Kids and Ratcatcher.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Los Olvidados. The literal translation of it is "The Forgotten". And yet the English title is The Young and the Damned. More attractive, yes, but… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Buñuel's masterpiece is also one of the most crude and heart-breaking stories ever told about children growing up on the slums of a corrupt, violent, blind… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Brutal, people hated this one in Mexico when it was released. Truth hurts indeed.
Megan S
I had to watch this in a Spanish class in college. I don't really remember that much about it.
Stella Dallas
a searing indictment of poverty and document of the street life. pedro, ojitos and metche will break your heart. i won't soon forget this
Caesar Mendez
"Los Olvidados" is a 1950 Mexican film that goes largely unnoticed by the general public. You don't hear anyone talking about "Los… More