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ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California - a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing - yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims' delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG's innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence. (c) Oscilloscope
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"An elegant capture of the most elusive story of all: the awkward but nevertheless intense friendship between boys."
‑ Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"A charming, aimless film about the aimless. It plays like a nuanced MTV reality show (an oxymoron, perhaps, but you get the idea)."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"In a slim 72 minutes, it heart-tethers us to these teenagers, paying tribute to their unique and private selves while allowing the audience to see its own reflection in them."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Captures the essence of modern teenage life with warmth, honesty, humor and compassion. It's equally endearing, relatable and entertaining."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"If you think one summer in the lives of three skate punks in a sunny Southern California Podunk wouldn't make a fresh, engaging documentary, "Only the Young" is here to prove you wrong."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims show genuine affection for their subjects but, despite some evocative visuals, never zero in on an involving structure or narrative."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Only the Young is an original and handsome work that belies the age of the two young filmmakers behind it."
‑ Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman
"Tippet and Mims's achievement is to reveal that culture, subtly, achingly, by allowing those who grew up under its influence to live and narrate their lives in the only terms they know."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet let their subjects meander, and instead unify their movie through tight control of tone, winding up with an elegiac portrait of teen America."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Swollen with sensitivity and sentiment -- a delicate coming-of-age snapshot which locates the unextinguished youth in all of us."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Only the Young appreciates what it means to be young, to be na´ve and also skeptical, to have expectations and to resist them."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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