Young Adam
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An amoral young man wends his way into the lives of a handful of damaged souls in this adaptation of British Beat Generation writer Alexander Trocchi's first novel. Written for the screen and directed by David Mackenzie, Young Adam begins with the discovery of a barely dressed woman's corpse by two barge workers, Joe (Ewan McGregor) and Leslie (Peter Mullan). A taciturn drifter, Joe hoists the body ashore with little distress, and the ensuing police investigation does little to ruffle his day-to-day existence on the barge. But his behavior becomes more and more erratic, and as he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A movie that seems to think it's more interesting than it really is."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Watching this film, one gets the sense of a once-arresting book that couldn't get arrested today."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"I was much impressed with this superbly performed and tightly scripted noirish period drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A humorless and dank display of ashcan angst that leaves you wishing theater restrooms had shower facilities."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Mackenzie shoots the ensuing tryst with more fidelity than it deserves or needs."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"nudity is perhaps the only intriguing element in this ponderous and torpid story about Joe (McGregor), a young drifter who takes work on a barge operated by a husband and wife (Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton) after the mysterious death of his ex-girlfrien"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Where it's disturbing is in McGregor's challenging, defiant performance..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A movie that delights in creating atmosphere at the expense of dialogue, and its effectiveness is testament to the genius of the performances."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"The narrative, with its provocative flashbacks, is just interesting enough to propel the movie forward."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Grimly arresting."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"... a sepia-toned dirge of a film, pointedly sluggish and crabbed"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The story's drab, attention-span-testing pace makes it tough to keep wondering what dark secrets shuffle beneath the surface."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Young Adam" is a study in contrasts. It's a movie full of explicit sex scenes and almost no passion, and it's a beautiful-looking film with a very ugly soul at its center."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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