The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story Reviews

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Dan Kois
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 21, 2009
It's a solid chapter in the history of American popular song, an examination of Walt Disney's final career triumphs, a glimpse at both the daily grind and the eureka moments of songwriting, and a story of family dynamics all rolled into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
August 21, 2009
The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 22, 2009
A touching and illuminating documentary about the songwriting duo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 22, 2009
An excellent film -- entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 22, 2009
An absorbing study in creative tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
May 22, 2009
An irresistible documentary about the inexhaustible sibling songwriting duo Richard and Robert Sherman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2009
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is, above all, a loving salute from sons to their accomplished fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 21, 2009
Be warned: you will leave this wonderful biography tortured by the classic songs threaded throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
May 20, 2009
Directors Gregory and Jeffrey Sherman, sons of the composers, have set themselves such a furious pace in parsing the full chronology that we only skim the surface of the Poppins near-disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
Anyone expecting a saccharine-mapped trip down memory lane from this engrossing documentary, directed by cousins Gregory and Jeff Sherman, sons of Robert and Richard, is in for a bittersweet, heartbreaking surprise.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 29, 2009
Engaging docu draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees, and should lure dedicated nostalgists.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2009
It might not break new ground, but this entertaining, inside-show-business documentary is greatly enhanced by the presence of the two engaging 'boys' of the title.