Only The Young
Only The Young (2012)

ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California - a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2013
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post

An elegant capture of the most elusive story of all: the awkward but nevertheless intense friendship between boys.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

A charming, aimless film about the aimless. It plays like a nuanced MTV reality show (an oxymoron, perhaps, but you get the idea).

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

In a slim 72 minutes, it heart-tethers us to these teenagers, paying tribute to their unique and private selves while allowing the audience to see its own reflection in them.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

If you think one summer in the lives of three skate punks in a sunny Southern California Podunk wouldn't make a fresh, engaging documentary, "Only the Young" is here to prove you wrong.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims show genuine affection for their subjects but, despite some evocative visuals, never zero in on an involving structure or narrative.

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Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

Only the Young is an original and handsome work that belies the age of the two young filmmakers behind it.

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Robert Koehler

The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage.

Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet let their subjects meander, and instead unify their movie through tight control of tone, winding up with an elegiac portrait of teen America.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Swollen with sensitivity and sentiment -- a delicate coming-of-age snapshot which locates the unextinguished youth in all of us.

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