Boys Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
January 14, 2011
As vague and unfocused as its title.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2011
What begins as an edgy examination of sheltered, selfish kids making stupid choices devolves into a ludicrously mannered celebration of adolescent rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
The actors do a nice job of investing it all with a certain conviction, and there's a fairy-tale tinge to some of the action that gives it a certain charm.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 14, 2011
The movie's not helped at all by Ryder, who seems uncomfortable playing femme fatale to these grimy-fingered boys, as if she doesn't believe anyone could feel this adulative about her.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Writer/director Cochran is stronger on capturing the texture surrounding her characters' converging experiences than making much of it when they do get together.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 23, 2005
Haas and Ryder let off some serious sparks, even if the screenplay doesn't
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 18, 2004
Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Amazingly bland Winona Ryder vehicle.
| Original Score: 2/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A dreadful disappointment of epic proportions.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A small, cramped film about an aimless woman in her mid-20s who becomes involved with an innocent prep school student.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Boys is a love story, or at least that's what the film makers would like us to believe. The problem is, there isn't much emotion present.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It is essentially a coming-of-age movie, but the circumstances are so eccentric and the relationships so unique that Cochran seems to be reaching for something more inscrutable, more ambiguous.
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
An extraordinarily boring date movie with a bad attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A first-rate example of good actors stuck in a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Boys must think audiences are not very bright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Featherweight to a fault but not likely to generate hatred unless you've shelled out the full eight bucks, it will still exasperate fans who've observed Ryder's gradual escalation into a major star.
| Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Twenty-five cents to the person who can explain what the point of this exercise was.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 2, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
November 17, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
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