Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Juno writer Diablo Cody re-teams with director Jason Reitman for yet another stab at an off-beat comedy. This time they channel a cold, heartless bitch. Young Adult doesn’t have the “hip” or “flashy” writing of Juno or Jennifer’s Body, but it does have that same awkward line delivery that feels so phony and unrealistic, making the film less entertaining. Jokes that could have been funny fall flat to the floor and linger there for 15 to 20 seconds too long while Charlize Theron tries her hardest to prove she’s a bad girl. Young Adult is dark, but it’s not really a comedy because there’s rarely a laugh to be heard."