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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Apr 3, 2014
    91
    Young & Beautiful is mysterious and erotic, though the ending may leave some as cold as Isabelle.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 27, 2013
    90
    A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 27, 2013
    83
    At times a rich, intimate observation of emerging sexuality, the movie also maintains a quiet, observational rhythm that peaks around wintertime when things grow dark for the character and then more or less watches her grow up.
  4. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    Ozon keeps the melodrama at bay to deliver a typically subversive study of growing pains. And in Vacth he’s found a real star-in-waiting.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    Another typically assured piece of work from Ozon with a showstopping turn from newcomer Vacth.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    May 27, 2013
    80
    A nuanced, emotionally temperate study of a precocious youth.
  7. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 27, 2013
    80
    François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful is, in the very best sense, a film that won't add up.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 23, 2014
    75
    Young & Beautiful, with its barrage of fairly graphic sex scenes, is a throwback to the erotically charged, envelope-pushing Euro art-house films of the '60s and '70s such as Blow-Up and Last Tango in Paris.
  9. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Apr 21, 2014
    75
    The film's increasingly unnerving story mostly unfolds with minimal flair, intensely focused as it is on its steely and enigmatic protagonist.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 23, 2014
    70
    Ozon tosses an abundance of twisted psychology into the stew, but he leaves the audience to sort it out for themselves. Young & Beautiful has the detached air of other Ozon productions, and Vacth gives so little away as Isabelle that she’s eternally an unsolved problem.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    Apr 22, 2014
    60
    Young & Beautiful is more interesting once Isabelle's secret is out, when it's more about the way other people react to this prematurely jaded girl who seems to have stepped out of a Lorde song.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 3, 2014
    60
    François Ozon's new film is a luxurious fantasy of a young girl's flowering: a very French and very male fantasy, like the pilot episode of the world's classiest soap opera... But this is well-crafted and well-acted.
  13. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    May 27, 2013
    60
    It's to Ozon's credit that he never serves up easy answers.
  14. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    May 27, 2013
    50
    Ozon wants to have it both ways with Young & Beautiful, using a young woman's risk-filled sexual awakening as an illustration of coming-of-age, while also demanding a realism from a situation that he keeps far from being rationalized and justified.
  15. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 22, 2014
    40
    Fortunately, a few striking sequences break up the tedium.

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