Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Boyd is the editor of, a website about recent and upcoming European films, and a freelance arts and film writer based in Europe. He also contributes festival reviews to US trade paper Variety and to Variety Asia. Further credits include:, the website of the Venice Film Festival, Winq Magazine, Expreszo, Dim Sum Magazine, Cannes Market News and MovieScope. Boyd is also the correspondent for the Netherlands and Luxembourg for the European film portal and the film critic for the Luxembourg monthly Rendez-Vous. Fluent in several languages, his articles have appeared in English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Estonian and Chinese. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. Boyd is always on the look-out for new writing assignments, so drop him a line if you are a good --and possibly, rich-- editor in search of a film writer and have an interesting project that needs writing now.
If I told you that, I'd be out of work.
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86% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) " A rough-and-tumble, enjoyable yarn about a group of 16-year-old punk-rock wannabes from Guadalajara." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 13, 2014
39% Step Up: All In (2014) " Tthe film could have been written by a dance movie plot generator." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 7, 2014
43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Two transformative performances compensate for a screenplay with no real third act." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2014
80% Violette (2014) " Though it has a rough start, this is a beautifully crafted and performed period drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 10, 2014
100% Gebo And The Shadow (2014) " The devastating yet logical closing scene is delicious in its poetic symmetry and irony." — Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
27% The Love Punch (2014) " The comedy is very hit-and-miss and the action elements are also a mixed bag." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2014
95% Gabrielle (2014) " An occasionally blunt but well-acted love story." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 14, 2014
50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Kristin Wiig's turn as a dowdy caretaker is the highlight of this contemporary American take on Cinderella." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " A sleekly assembled and intriguing project, if clearly a very commercial proposition." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2014
67% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " The film offers a solid sense of place and Gaudet and Pullapilly expertly use the jittery camerawork of Steven Calitri to infuse the proceedings with a nervy energy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid 7 Boxes is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package." — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 6, 2014
—— Difret " A quite powerful drama, based on a true story, that relies on familiar storytelling tropes." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
100% Killers " The characters' online connection allows the filmmakers, who here move away from the slasher genre to something approaching psychological horror, to explore violence as a mindset." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2014
—— We Come as Friends " A sobering and superbly edited documentary about South Sudan, a country that became independent n 2011 but turns out to be not so independent after all." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2014
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Breakdown's less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
—— We Are The Giant " A slickly assembled and insightful documentary that looks at three individual stories from the Arab Spring." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " An absorbing and intelligent exploration of queer desire spiced up with thriller elements after one of the studly nudists goes missing." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night " This moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative -- and none the worse for it." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
85% The Voices " A wild, occasionally hilarious genre crossbreed that features a terrific performance from Ryan Reynolds." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
100% Concerning Violence " A tough and cerebral but finally illuminating documentary about the decolonization of Africa." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
—— White Shadow " This harrowing account of a young albino's fight for survival in Tanzania is too long but nonetheless often gripping." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
100% Blind (2004) " Any emotional involvement with any of the ... situations or characters is relegated to the back burner, turning the film into a somewhat clinical narrative puzzle until all the cards are on the table." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " [A] funny and emotionally satisfying tale of thirtysomethings trying to come to terms with life itself ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Set in the Big Apple, this is a sprawling yet intimate narrative, constructed almost entirely of in-between moments rather than the big turning points and tragedies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
80% The Green Prince (2014) " The human journey behind a most unusual collaboration in the Middle East slowly comes into focus in this documentary." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
—— Under The Same Sun " Despite some screenplay problems and a rather unlikely finale, this otherwise quite realistic drama conveys how absurd the Israeli-Palestinian divide really is." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
75% What's In A Name? (2013) " An unborn's unlikely moniker is the simple but effective motor of What's in a Name?" — Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2013
17% Twice Born (2013) " This mostly English-language tale about the difficulties of parenthood and loving photographers in wartime has little to offer beyond some pitiful twists." — Variety
Posted Dec 2, 2013
30% Last Love (2013) " It almost feels like the film splits into two separate stories in the second half." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2013
75% U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) " Compared to much of the filmmaker's recent output, such as the Cannes-selected Isabelle Huppert vehicle In Another Country, this is a pretty minor entry; the digitally shot cinematic equivalent of a fluidly drawn, customary doodle." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2013
—— Attila Marcel " A live-action feature about memories that beautifully evokes films and songs from the past." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2013
25% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) " There's next to no insight into either character as the film remains strictly in observational mode throughout, while the distancing effect of the recurring chapter headings makes it impossible for the film to obtain any kind of dramatic flow" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2013
88% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " Like in all of the director's work, psychologically reductive readings of the characters are absent, though intriguing performances give audiences a way into the material." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " A quite absorbing but never riveting or revelatory overview of Armstrong's career and testy personality." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " A film as stylish as it is narratively labyrinthine" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
86% A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness " An art film that tries but doesn't quite manage to entrance the viewer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
50% Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real) " Tonally problematic psychological drama with a dollop of monster-movie madness." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2013
82% Miss Violence " A precision-tooled portrait of a hermetically closed family unit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2013
73% Populaire (2013) " A colorful and impeccably styled romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into entertaining cinematic fodder." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
52% Thérèse (2013) " Claude Miller's final film is tastefully upholstered, but the narrative generates little heat, empathy or momentum." — Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2013
10% Killing Season (2013) " A drawn out cat-and-mouse game never catches fire." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To takes his genre filmmaking savvy to the mainland in Drug War, a nail-biter that's actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, it's nonetheless edge-of-your-seat material." — Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2013
91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " The colorful personality and heterogeneous body of work of French-born illustrator-author Tomi Ungerer is vividly brought to life in docu "Far Out Isn't Far Enough."" — Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2013
74% The Wall (2013) " The Wall reps another showcase for the mesmerizing face of thesp Martina Gedeck." — Variety
Posted May 29, 2013
69% La Maison De La Radio (2013) " A terrific docu from Gallic nonfiction filmmaker Nicolas Philibert, "La Maison de la radio" adds revealing images to sounds that will be familiar to millions of French public-radio listeners." — Variety
Posted May 2, 2013
—— 20 ans d'écart Variety
Posted May 2, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " A slow-burning oater that's not gun-shy when it matters, Dead Man's Burden reps an impressive first feature from producer-turned-helmer Jared Moshe." — Variety
Posted Apr 30, 2013
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Sy, Maiga and the others play second fiddle not only to the leads but especially to the visual effects, which are indeed impressive, even if quite a few are reminiscent of Gondry's previous films or musicvids." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2013
56% Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013) " Thankfully, Lindhardt keeps things together with an appealing performance that constantly oscillates between drama and very light, dry humor without sacrificing the slightly otherworldly nature of his character." — Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2013
69% Renoir (2013) " [An] atmospheric, well-acted period piece." — Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2013
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