Young Adult
Young Adult (2011)

Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron.

David Thomson
The New Republic

There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

There's little about Mavis that makes for feel-good revelry. That's an understatement, perhaps. Yet, Theron's work feels true to Mavis' malaise -- and often, just as sad.

Sarah Marrs

Theron deserves every ounce of notice she's getting for the performance.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it's very funny too - excruciating at times.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

As good as Theron and Oswalt are, and they're very good, Young Adult doesn't give them enough room to breathe.

Yasmin Shehab

Forget what the poster and name imply about the film and the fact that it comes from the duo behind the sweet and quirky Juno... It's a painfully realistic film that manages to be pretty funny nonetheless.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A low-key, indie-style comedy that plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

It is Patton Oswalt as Matt who is as revelatory as Theron.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Charlize Theron is perfect once again after shining as Aileen Wuornos in Monster, making it easy for us to feel sympathy towards a character who is so immature… More
Sophie Burgess
A very depressing and horrible film, which has some how drawn me and involved me into it's world. Mavis is such a horrible, uncaring and unchanging… More
Alex roy
Diablo Cody has previously written Juno and Jennifer's Body, and I got to admit, I really don't enjoy her work. However with Young Adults I was… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
An excellent film. Simply filmed and darkly funny. Theron gives a wonderful performance.
Daniel Perry
Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman team up again to give us a second honest story about the Midwest, and it hits just as hard and contains as many awkward laughs -… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Young Adult' is a charmless film that fails to capture both pathos and my attention. The tone of the film is utterly depressing and carries no… More