True Adolescents, like most indie movies related to the mumblecore school, is a delicate piece of machinery. Its truth lies in the tiniest details: the pauses, the stricken looks, the false bravado, the pathetically redundant slang (so many “dudes”). If its tone occasionally wobbles, “True Adolescents” feels accurate enough to make you squirm with recognition. By the end these three “boys” have grown up just enough to peer a little further into the murk in which the question mark still hangs. lick here to view full review.
NY Times Critics’ Pick!
More than anything else the last stages of "True Adolescents" feel genuine and whole, a meditation on coming of age that will leave you refreshed.
"All the film's performances are accomplished, too, with Duplass standing out—he nails the curdled charm of an aging smart-ass whose showy rebelliousness masks raging insecurity, itself the reason for his desperate refusal to move forward."
"...there's still something refreshing about "True Adolescents." It feels like mumblecore's inherent immaturity finally coming of age."
"Craig Johnson's Seattle-based coming-of-age dramedy is smart and fun, with a killer performance by Mark Duplass."
"First-time writer/director Craig Johnson keeps the humor down-to-earth. The film is an acerbic but realistic coming-of-age story, with all three male characters experiencing some growth over the course of the trip, the tone gradually shifting from hipster-funny to hipster-introspective."
Eric D. Snider / Cinematical
"Craig Johnson's debut feature is an impressive coming-of-age story revolving around Duplass' character, Sam... Duplass shines like a sea-scrubbed Rainier Beer can throughout, Loehr and Thompson are naturalistic and memorable, and the indie-pop soundtrack plaintively echoes the deciduous King County action."
Marc Savlov / Austin Chronicle
"True Adolescents is an example of how that type of closely-observed, behavioral comedy can be wrangled into a comparatively conventional, crowd-pleasing indie film of higher-gloss variety. I think people will genuinely enjoy it."
Karina Longworth / Spout blog
"A sweet look at learning to cope with growing up regardless of how old you are. Emotional as it is funny, the film provides a nice stage of a coming of age story for its superb actors to show their stuff. Mark Duplass gives an awesome performance as Sam."
Jeremy Kirk / We Are Movie Geeks.com
"Melissa Leo is luminous as sympathetic aunt Sharon who takes Sam in yet again when grown-up life has gone over his head; even frazzled and frustrated, she manages to radiate such warm-hearted compassion that the screen fairly glows every time she’s on camera."
—Zee Grega / SeattleMet Blog