Boy A

Boy A

  • R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Crowley
    In Theaters:
    Sep 8, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 7, 2008
  • The Weinstein Co.
  • Boy A
    2 minutes 56 seconds
    Added: Jun 23, 2008


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Boy A Reviews

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Nick Rogers

Andrew Garfield nailed an assignment many actors would avoid or, worse, botch in "Boy A" - embody a grown, traumatized man experiencing emotional honesty, transparent kindness, sexual intimacy and genuine appreciation from others for the first time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The material is thought-provoking and features some very good performances.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The limits of redemption and forgiveness get challenged ruthlessly in this haunting drama...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 21, 2008
Stan Hall

Efficiently directed by John Crowley, Boy A avoids exploitation while never soft-selling its thorny subject matter.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

October 17, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

This is a brutally honest story that pulls no punches. It excels at everything from the directing and acting to the editing and photography. A stunning achievement

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

September 16, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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It makes us feel sympathy for the devil.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Garfield is definitely an actor to watch, but prepare yourself for the disappointing ending.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 5, 2008
Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Director John Crowley, a veteran Irish theater director now working in film, is deliberate with every last element of his film.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Eric D. Snider

It's a sad movie, no question -- but like most great drama, it inspires admiration for its thoughtfulness and its craft.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

September 2, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Boy A is the kind of movie that falls victim to the new role of multiplex as babysitter of teenagers. Its life in the theatres will be short, but for the few that find it now it will be worth it.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2008
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2008
Dan Lybarger

The new British film 'Boy A' poses a question that is easy to ask but nearly impossible to answer: Can we ever really escape from our own misdeeds?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 25, 2008
Beth Accomando

His sophomore feature, Boy A explores bleak territory but its insistence on not tying everything up in neat little bows is to be commended.

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August 23, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 12, 2008
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Crowley gets a remarkable performance from Andrew Garfield: his Jack is a person who carries guilt with him even when he is trying to override it.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 11, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Boy A is one of those rare movies that takes the idea of rehabilitation seriously. In the end, it may present a worst-case scenario, but it does so with unusual depth and conviction.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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In tandem, the director and screenwriter build up a palpable suspense. Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Along with Garfield and the splendid Scottish actor Mullan, Crowley brings great tact to this bruising saga of atonement and moral regeneration. Though a bad seed can bring forth good fruit, will others want to pick it?

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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There are some gaps in the movie's reality, and some O. Henry-like contrivances, but the masterful trick Boy A plays on viewers is to get them to care before giving them reasons not to.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

August 8, 2008
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