Critic Reviews

63

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bursting with smart dialogue, surprising situations and humor that springs from richly imagined characters.
75
One of the secrets of Youth in Revolt is that Nick seems bewildered by his own desires and strategies. He knows how he feels, he knows what he wants, but he'd need a map to get from A to B. It's his self-abasing modesty that makes the movie work. Here, you feel, is a movie character who would find more peace on the radio.
70
The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.
70
Variety
Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story.
70
It does give Cera a chance to play at being a bad boy. But it's just that - playing at it.
63
From the beginning, it's apparent that there's something "off" about Youth in Revolt. It's not that the film is fatally flawed, but the tone is uneven, the satire is blunt, the comedy rarely generates more than feeble laughs, and the lead character never comes fully to life.
60
It’s a kick to see Cera cut loose from his patented befuddled-nerd routine, even if the film’s caricatured performances and fish-in-a-barrel scorn are sure to be monotonous for some.
58
Timing is everything. And Youth in Revolt is late -- arriving not just at the tail end of the star's sell-by date for this particular kind of character, but more importantly at the tail end of the intended audience's attention span for an inconsequential Sundance-y tale of sexual coming-of-age.
50
The New Yorker
Cera can be winning enough, with his flat-toned goofiness, in films like "Superbad," but there's only just enough of the guy to fill out one dramatis persona; two at once prove to be beyond him. [11 Jan. 2010, p.83]
50
Village Voice
Winded and weary from its long journey to a bigger screen, the three-books-in-one has been squeezed into a 90-minute Cliff's Notes version starring Michael Cera as Every Role Michael Cera's Ever Had.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Youth in Revolt (2009) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews