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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Dredges up every cliche about druggy, obnoxious dreamers on the fringes of Hollywood and assumes that said cliches have the power to shock and surprise. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Jelski's dialogue is razor sharp and she got a terrific performance from the relatively inexperienced Gummersall, who runs a gamut of emotions and holds the screen like a seasoned star. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A skin-deep examination of a shallow lifestyle that draws a conclusion so logical it's almost superfluous. show more

  • 25
    Chicago Tribune

    There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    The film wants to be a revealing character study of aimless Hollywood wannabes, but the story is just not compelling enough to make the viewer care. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Jelski's screenplay, a finalist in the fiercely competitive Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship competition, is repetitive and stagy. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    There's a shocking, casual quality to the self-destructive narcissism of the pretty, petty kids squandering their lives in the L.A. sunshine of The Young Unknowns. show more

  • 42
    Kim Morgan Portland Oregonian

    The Young Unknowns flails about, sometimes realistically, but the cumulative effect is "so what?" These characters may be young and unknown, but they feel old and in the way. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    It isn't a masterpiece; there are occasional clunkers in Jelski's dialogue (adapted from a play by Wolfgang Bauer) and the acting, although superior to maybe 85 percent of Hollywood movies, is a little uneven. show more

  • 60
    Ed Park Village Voice

    Numbing but effective debut. show more

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