Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in 10-years, Youth Without Youth, premiered on Sunday at RomaCinemaFest to lackluster reviews.
Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter:
“The story is full of arcane references that many will find nonsensical, and the performances are a letdown. Lacking coherence and suspense, the picture is likely to attract a cult following while disappointing Coppola’s fan base.”
Jay Weissberg of Variety:
“Not just fans of Francis Ford Coppola will be disappointed by the mishmash plotting and stilted script of Youth Without Youth.”"Attempting to harness multiple genres, pic is brought down by ponderous dialogue (much of it dubbed) and an inability to connect with its characters.”"Presumably, Coppola chose to dub most of the film because the non-native English speakers needed help to make their lines clear, but the device, though generally well done, does nothing to help lackluster delivery in the minor roles.”
I think most everyone was expecting a mixed or negative reaction for this film. But all accounts so far seem to sway more negative than my already low expectations.