Boys Town Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 10, 2012
One of the more overrated films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Tracy, showing necessary restraint, makes his portrayal of Flanagan sincere and human.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 9, 2007
A dated but entertaining tale of friendship
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 12, 2005
a watershed film that discusses an important societal development
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 3, 2005
At the time, the real-life Flanagan complained that MGM made Boys Town look so neat, clean, and well managed that he had trouble raising money for the center
Full Review | Original Score: B
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 28, 2005
Shameless but effective weepie about wayward orphans
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 15, 2005
Tracy is always good -- was he ever bad in a film in his entire career?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
Superior high-minded 'quality' movie, but in its heart it's a soap opera.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
These days you might gag at some of the more saccharine aspects.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 13, 2003
A classic with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney squaring off magnificently.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Mickey Rooney is a hard case, but eventually he cracks -- as will you, under the relentless, flat sentimentality of Norman Taurog's direction.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
December 19, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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