Young Adam
Young Adam (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 16, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A grim mood piece with good performances from the leads.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable.

Tom Long
Detroit News

A movie that seems to think it's more interesting than it really is.

Richard von Busack

Watching this film, one gets the sense of a once-arresting book that couldn't get arrested today.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Mackenzie shoots the ensuing tryst with more fidelity than it deserves or needs.

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Cole Smithey

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

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The narrative, with its provocative flashbacks, is just interesting enough to propel the movie forward.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Grimly arresting.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a sepia-toned dirge of a film, pointedly sluggish and crabbed

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Drew Smith
Make no mistake - this is an incredibly difficult watch. Grim, moody, and dry as a bleached bone, Young Adam feels enervated every step of the way. It's… More
Gordon Anderson
Intensely erotic.
Veronique Kwak
young adam does aim highly but it fails silently in a quite mediocre way. okay, so it's about a young bargeman who discovers some dead woman's body by… More
Dean McKenna
The performances of Ewan McGregor is excellent in this hot drama film as an emotionally unrealised drifter fleeing a black secret down the chilly canals of… More
Lady D'arbanville
A well appreciated film all around it seems, yet I found the story to be very slow moving. The interest no doubt, heightened with the nudity and bed-hopping of… More
Megan S
This movie was pretty boring in between sex scenes, some of which were pretty disturbing. Ewan's character was just a horny bastard and he didn't… More