Young Adam
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The corpse of a young woman is found floating in a canal by a drifter working on a barge traveling between Glasgow and Edinburgh. His relationship with the dead woman gradually unfolds as claustrophobic tensions develop between him and the couple with whom he shares the cramped barge.
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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