Youth Without Youth
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Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola returns to the director's chair after a ten-year hiatus with this adaptation of Romanian author Mircea Eliade's tome detailing the arduous journey of a professor whose life is thrown into chaos as World War II looms ominously on the horizon. When the 70-year-old scholar is struck by lightning, his age begins to reverse as his mind grows infinitely more brilliant. Now determined to understand the origins of language and consciousness, the fugitive professor leads authorities on a wild chase through Romania, Switzerland, Malta, and India. Tim Roth,… More
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"Youth Without Youth smacks of vanity project from the first poetic moments to the last, and whose vanity lays a stronger claim to the big screen than Francis Ford Coppola's?"
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A terrible mess of mystical mumbo jumbo, but you have to give Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth this: It is one magnificent and interesting failure of a film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Finds the filmmaker admirably working without a safety net"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For all its flaws and there aren't very many, with Youth Without Youth you know you're in the hands of a master."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"You want a story? Read the front page. I'm here for the picture show."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Youth Without Youth is so beautiful, in fact, that it almost transcends the epic bunkum of Coppola's script. But almost doesn't count, even when it is uttered in ancient tongues."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unfortunately, Youth becomes so lost in its own conceptual, convoluted vortex, it becomes virtually incomprehensible."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Nem mesmo a bela fotografia e a impecável direção de arte conseguem salvar esta bagunça narrativa que, sob a desculpa de promover uma discussão metafísica, faz Coppola parecer um cineasta em início de carreira."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Coppola may be back, but he's a long way from being back on form."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"With all the nurses making moves on the suicidal old codger's renovated physique, Coppola's Youth Without Youth comes across as somewhere between The Godfather On Viagra and Apocalypse Then, Redux."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Although it's easy to admire what [Coppola] was attempting to do with Youth Without Youth, the movie fails on such a thorough and complete level that to call it a noble attempt isn't really fair: It's really a colossal miscalculation."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Francis Ford Coppola's first film in 10 years deserves serious attention, but this massive dose of Nembutal only manages to render you too comatose to think."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Very much a film of this era, its director returning after a ten-year absence from the cinema with a peculiar little masterpiece about things unrecoverable in time."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A stilted and inelegant work, well below par for Francis Ford Coppola"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Though not an easy film to grasp or possibly enjoy, it's nevertheless a mindblowing acid-like excursion into the secret world of Orientalism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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