(2003)

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91
Entertainment Weekly
The clammy power of Young Adam lies as much in the frank, emotional nakedness the actors bring to their roles under Mackenzie's care as in the baroque hopelessness of the plot.
90
Film Threat
This is a finely crafted film for grown-ups only ... and it's hard to remember the last time we had one that was this provocative and moving.
80
Variety
All of the promise that was evident in Scottish helmer David Mackenzie's flawed freshman feature, "The Last Great Wilderness" (2002), is richly achieved in his second pic, Young Adam, a resonant, beautifully modulated relationships drama.
80
The movie is another showcase for the underappreciated McGregor, who disappears into his character so discreetly that, even as his face lets us track Joe's every thought, you never feel you’re watching a Performance.
75
ReelViews
Darkly effective, and its grip lasts longer than we might be entirely comfortable with.
75
Rich atmospherics and an all-star British cast make this a superior melodrama if you can handle the heavy-breathing sex scenes.
70
Village Voice
Doesn't quite know how to take its leave; it tapers off like a curling cigarette trail, but it lingers like a ghost.
70
The A.V. Club
In this long, slow fall from grace, unceremonious nudity and half-hearted sex begin to look like a mockery of a paradise lost.
70
MacGregor demonstrates just how far he's come as an actor. Swinton, meanwhile, adds another notch to a resume already crowded with good performances.
50
Rolling Stone
Tepid.

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