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Young Ones

6/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Drama . Action . Western
 

In a future where water is scarce, a farmer (Michael Shannon) defends his land and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil. However, his daughter's boyfriend schemes to steal the land for himself.

 
Actors: David Clatworthy , David Butler , Robert Hobbs , Alex McGregor , Christy Pankhurst , Aimee Mullins , Kodi Smit-McPhee , Elle Fanning , Nicholas Hoult , Michael Shannon
Directors: Jake Paltrow
Country: SOUTH AFRICA , IRELAND , USA
Release: 2014-10-17
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  • Rodrigo Perez

    Young Ones and its serious, bone-dry approach won’t be for everyone. The picture is languidly paced, but its ideas, moods and tones strike many thought-provoking chords.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    It avoids the typical trappings of the genre pastiche by utilizing its clear indebtedness to numerous other films as merely a starting point, rather than an end.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    This spare but potent melodrama revels in the desiccated landscapes provided by South Africa and photographed with dusty purity by Giles Nuttgens. Through his lens, the spectrum of sunbaked skin and parched dunes is as rich as any rainbow.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Young Ones is an old-fashioned, worthwhile curio down to the closing credits.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Would that there were more beneath the surface of this strange brew, but it’s certainly compelling while it lasts.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Greene

    The way it reaches to find the humanity in a place devoid of hope shows admirable attempt at a singular vision. But Paltrow overestimates the timeless nature of the story.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    The sophomore effort from Jake Paltrow (“The Good Night”) gets so bogged down in its primal tale of murder and revenge that the most intriguing elements become little more than futuristic window dressing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Paltrow's kitchen-sink visual sense may keep your eyes engaged, but it sucks dry any inherent drama, leaving you with a bunch of characters who feel pegged by a conjurer rather than nurtured from a wretched new Earth.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Paltrow shows a capable hand with the actors... However, the characters only intermittently engage our interest.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Paltrow, whose previous directorial feature was the somewhat more apt 2007 showbiz romcom “The Good Night,” is an attentive student of cinema, as his mini-homages to the likes of Antonioni and Lucas in this story testify. But his story is a veritable nothingburger, here and there recalling notes from the likes of “Giant” and “There Will Be Blood,” but never really connecting on levels emotional or intellectual.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Young Ones looks promising in the early going, when it’s relying on Shannon’s customary intensity and building its harsh, arid world. (Principal photography took place in South Africa.) Shannon quickly disappears, though, and that’s when the dreary plot kicks in.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Lewis

    There should be drama here, but everything falls as flat as the withered valley floor. Not all is lost: The cinematography and special effects are quite competent. The script just leaves us thirsty for more.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Director Jake Paltrow’s stark sense of place fades as familiar genre elements are introduced. It winds up like “There Will Be Blood,” but with H2O, not oil. It’s food for thought, nothing more.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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