Young Adam
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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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