There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth.
There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it's very funny too - excruciating at times.
Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie.
There's little about Mavis that makes for feel-good revelry. That's an understatement, perhaps. Yet, Theron's work feels true to Mavis' malaise -- and often, just as sad.
A low-key, indie-style comedy that plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study.
Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, "Young Adult" is mature filmmaking.
There's enough grit in the film's gears to keep the forward motion from ever getting too smooth.
The comedy of discomfort, so long defined by Curb Your Enthusiasm and its ilk, gets a new hue with Young Adult.
Theron is thrillingly nasty as Mavis.