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Young Ones (2014)



Critic Consensus: Visually compelling but narratively barren, Young Ones adds little to the dystopian Western genre.

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YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. (C) Screen Media

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Michael Shannon
as Ernest Holm
Nicholas Hoult
as Flem Lever
Elle Fanning
as Mary Holm
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Jerome Holm
Aimee Mullins
as Katherine Holm
Liah O'Prey
as Anna/Ears
David Clatworthy
as Calvin Hooyman
Carel Nel
as Bandit
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Critic Reviews for Young Ones

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14)

There hasn't been as convincing a sci-fi dustbowl story since the original Mad Max.

April 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In the hot, dry world of Jake Paltrow's dystopian western, Young Ones, the characterizations are as sparse as the desert foliage.

October 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Young Ones" is a futuristic look at a world with little water, but the most barren thing in this Western-sci-fi flick is the character development.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Young Ones has some interesting twists but falls short as a reworking of a classic Hollywood oater.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Too bland to qualify as a really notable disaster, "Young Ones" finds young Paltrow still trying to find his voice.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

No matter how grim the future may be, it deserves a better movie in the here and now.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Young Ones


A scene in search of a story. And it's an interesting scene. But you'll tire waiting for what passes for the story (revenge) to come around (although when it does come THAT is handled nicely).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


nice attempt at a mash of genres but the story is just so boring at times. Should of been focused more on developing stronger characters as the film focused on them. I just couldn't find anything to enjoy here

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

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