• PG, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Daniel Adams
    In Theaters:
    Apr 17, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 18, 2009
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Chatham (The Golden Boys) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Aside from the occasional magical shot or affecting actor moment, it's a film whose poverty betrays most every frame.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2009
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Taking place in 1905, this harmless serving of maritime malarkey may also boast the most liver spots on screen since Cocoon.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

The Golden Boys, writer-director Daniel Adams's adaptation of Joseph Lincoln's novel Cap'n Eri, could just as easily be called Grumpy Old Sea-Men or Two Brides for Three Salty Seadogs.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

April 13, 2009
Brian Orndorf

All the admirable shipyard textures and thespian marquee value can't fog the fact that while peaceful, The Golden Boys is about as thrilling as an Abe Simpson bedtime story.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

April 16, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This musty yarn would have worked better as a 1940s MGM programmer.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2009
Ronnie Scheib
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It seems particularly perverse to take actors who helped develop the '60's thesping style of hang-loose, semi-improvisational immediacy and stick them in a creaky period piece glazed with arch gentility and ersatz quaintness.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 24, 2009
Sean O'Connell

peddles safe humor that's mashed up and spoon-fed to an audience craving toothless comedy

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 16, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The Golden Boys is an object lesson in how to squander a seasoned cast, a charming premise and a breathtaking location.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 17, 2009
Harvey S. Karten

The ambiance of early 1900 Cape Cod is a character in this all-too-slight movie that could play better on cable, DVD, or an off-off-Broadway stage.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

March 30, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The three vets are a delight to watch, even if the movie around them remains soggy.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 22, 2009
Renie Scolaro Mora

This tale of three codgery sea captains looking for a wife is not all that romantic, or especially comic.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 19, 2009
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 14, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Trying to sit through The Golden Boys is like trudging across the Cape Cod sand in galoshes during a nor'easter with a mule on your back.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

April 16, 2009
Prairie Miller

The sheer delight of this salty boy talk elder outing, is lifelong fierce courage on the high seas but acute commitment panic when females are around. While the male angst tragic ties surfacing between Rip Torn and David Carradine, are fatefully linked.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 10, 2009
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Imagine! It's an amusing, high-spirited romantic picture about senior citizens. What will they think of next?

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

April 13, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Proves the course of love is never what we think it is going to be.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2009
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Picturesque if plodding indie romantic comedy about three salty dogs in 1905 Cape Cod who bring in a would-be bride to keep house.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 16, 2009
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

You don't have to be a geezer to grin at these goings-on.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

April 17, 2009

Hollywood Reporter
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April 23, 2009
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