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Superbad's Michael Cera discovers a vacation romance in Youth in Revolt, a teen comedy from Charlie Bartlett's screenwriter, Gustin Nash, and director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck). The film is an adaptation of C.D. Payne's first book in a series of best-selling satirical novels starring Nick Twisp, a sexually charged 14-year-old whose intelligence and hormones get him into all sorts of adventures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Cera may be trapped in his unchanging persona, but no more than this picture is walled in by its sitcom conventions."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Nick Twisp is no Scott Pilgrim, but this is another witty ensemble comedy that successfully reinvigorates that most benighted of genres, the teen film."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
" engaging and faithful adaptation of Payne's admittedly superior novel."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I love this new breed of dirty movie. It goes beyond leering, beyond sexism, to the core tension of a culture that ricochets between Puritanism and promiscuity. And it has in Michael Cera a sterling mascot."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Youth in Revolt is a teen fantasy filled with lust, imagination, frustration and lots of laughs, artfully made and superbly played."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Michael Cera adopts a mischievous alter ego in an attempt to reunite with his dream girl in a familiarly peculiar story."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"Story of "bad-boy" teen is funny, but also rough and raw."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"Michael Cera goes to the sweet-tempered high school persona well once (or twice) too often with, sigh, Nick Twisp, who lives in hormonal agony with his sex-obsessed divorced mother (Jean Smart) and her nasty boyfriend."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes, let's face it, some pretty questionable ideas."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Playing on feelings and impulses that I'm sure we all relate to, a witty and playful portrait of teen love emerges out of a less exciting teen comedy."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Arteta's faithfulness to Payne's text, themes and visions never gel as a wholly satisfying film."
‑ Simon Foster,
"[Its] classic cinema shoutouts and gaggle of off-kilter characters feel like retreads."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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