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

David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
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
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
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
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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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We're introduced to more string-pulling symbolism than a movie this inherently sad ever needs. It's too much.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Mullen and Garfield fit well together -- both have faces you like on first sight, both have charm, both have warmth.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Although the screenplay tips our sympathies wholly in the young man's direction, it's cleverly structured to reveal the particulars of the long-ago crime, and what led up to it, in flashback.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Bleak but expertly rendered.

July 28, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A small, huge film about the harsh realities of rehabilitation, and the shimmering possibility of redemption.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 25, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2008
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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An absorbing, finely nuanced morality tale.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Wisely, John Crowley embeds the mulling of social issues within a character study, albeit one that stylistically straddles Loachian realism and lad-movie flashiness.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

July 24, 2008
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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Crowley, his cast and the script constantly reveal new layers to the characters, preventing simple labels like 'hero' or 'villain.' These people are all cringingly human.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 24, 2008
Bob Mondello
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Carefully calibrated to explore the solitariness of a character who cannot let himself be known ... Turns Boy A's very particular story into a scary, universal and wrenching social statement.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

July 24, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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An ingenuous 24-year-old man-child is at the center of John Crowley's wrenching melodrama Boy A.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Well-acted but familiar.

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

July 23, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is another of those dead-kid dramas in which the terrible event is handled like a striptease -- tantalizing flashes until the climax.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 21, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
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Ambitious both as to structure and theme, and riveting in mood.

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May 5, 2008
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A quiet and penetrating portrait of a sensitive young man who re-enters society with a fresh identity after spending half his life in juvenile prisons.

October 9, 2007
Joe Leydon
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Inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 1, 2007

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 8, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: A

September 8, 2007
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