Youth in Revolt


Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Bursting with smart dialogue, surprising situations and humor that springs from richly imagined characters.
  2. 88
    An improbable but hilarious combine of losin’-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Male
    It’s chaotic and episodic, but this is Cera’s star turn. "Superbad" meets "Fight Club?" That’ll do it.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    The slight but enjoyable Youth in Revolt finds plenty of mayhem to take advantage of Cera's against-type performance. Oh, the things we do for love.
  6. Some tacky animated sequences notwithstanding, Youth in Revolt is smart, cool and frequently hysterical.
  7. A clever and often riotous burst of cynicism that pushes some pretty questionable ideas.
  8. 75
    It’s not earth-shaking, but it’s diverting and polished.
  9. Cera exudes a geeky charm and tender vulnerability that's hard to resist -- probably because he's far easier to relate to for most of us than we'd like to admit.
  10. The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story.
  12. It does give Cera a chance to play at being a bad boy. But it's just that - playing at it.
  13. 70
    Mildly diverting rather than uproarious, the film still stands out among teen sex comedies for its low-key approach to antic material. The best bits are supplied by Justin Long as Doubleday's stoner brother and Adhir Kalyan as the hero's plummy-accented coconspirator.
  14. Youth in Revolt is basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble.
  15. Sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale.
  16. 70
    Along the way, it even gives the adorable manchild Michael Cera the chance to reinvent himself as a possible sex symbol -- in other words, it allows him to be a man.
  17. Miguel Arteta’s rollicking Youth in Revolt is one of several recent movies to elevate the generic coming-of-age teen sex comedy to a plane of surrealism.
  18. 67
    Arteta’s well-intentioned film version feels simultaneously overstuffed and undercooked.
  19. It’s an enjoyable enough exercise in teen angst triumphing.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    There are some good, sharp, surprising laughs in Youth in Revolt. So why does it feel so dreadfully familiar?
  22. 63
    It's a bitch telling a coming-of-age story minus clichés and sappiness. So Youth in Revolt, with Michael Cera in his best performance yet, is a small miracle.
  23. Youth in Revolt isn't bad -- the cast is too good for it to be bad.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Youth's screenplay, by Gustin Nash, is generally witty.
  25. 63
    Equal parts inspired and irresponsible, the new film from Miguel Arteta (director of the cult hit 'Chuck and Buck') turns C.D. Payne's books into a hit-or-miss homage to that French classic of outlaw love, 'Breathless.'
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Uneven but occasionally quite funny.
  28. Payne's book is more epic and shameless than Gustin Nash's tidy adaptation.
  29. 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.
  30. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    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]
  31. 50
    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.
  32. In Youth in Revolt , Cera bellies up to the same table once too often. His fresh-faced act is starting to look really stale.
  33. 50
    A movie that feels written rather than lived; from "The Catcher in the Rye" to "Rushmore," it's a story we've seen in better versions before.
  34. Just sweet enough to avoid being negligible.
  35. While Cera is charming enough to keep us watching, he's never allowed to cut loose -- even though that's supposed to be the whole point of the movie.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 291 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. TimG.
    Jan 13, 2010
    The movie is too busy trying to be artistic to succeed in actually being funny.
  2. BobbyS.
    Jan 10, 2010
    Awesome movie freakin hilarious.
  3. Jan 13, 2016
    Michael Cera as a mustache evil alter ego is entertaining enough, but the rest of the boy-ruins-his-life-for-a-girl story is: This film wasMichael Cera as a mustache evil alter ego is entertaining enough, but the rest of the boy-ruins-his-life-for-a-girl story is: This film was so bad, It didn't get better or funnier. Michael Cera does well as Nick Twisp. Full Review »