• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Neil Jordan
    In Theaters:
    Jul 13, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 13, 2007
  • Warner Bros.


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The Butcher Boy Reviews

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Owens' remarkable, high-pitched performance and Jordan's lush, visionary style are perfectly suited to the material.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2008
Chris Barsanti

A horrific tale of madness and abuse told with pop-eyed color and giddy humor.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 28, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Though the movie sometimes looks as if the authentic Irish wit, colour and blarney has been filtered through the sensibility of a Bu˝uel or Polanski, Jordan never allows the surreal/expressionist aspects to dominate.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum

The film almost immediately loses the major asset of the novel: its language. Possibly a quarter of the movie is incomprehensible to the American ear.

Full Review

January 19, 2006
Emanuel Levy
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Neil Jordan's most accomplished and brilliant film to date, Butcher Boy is satisfying as faithful literary adaptation and inense cinematic experience that brings to mind in theme Kubrick's equally brilliant Cloakwork Orange.

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: 5/5

December 24, 2005
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

The film's horrific conclusion is as uncompromising as it is inevitable and, unfortunately, ever-more topical.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The Butcher Boy manages to present scenes of violence and despair within a carnival atmosphere, yet still touches us, largely due to Jordan's assured hand in directing this complex tale.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

April 9, 2005
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The Butcher Boy reveals how a soul's future, in the early stages of development, is highly influenced by love, or the lack of it.

| Original Score: A

January 15, 2005
David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
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I find myself in an embarrassing position: I think this is a great movie, but I'm not sure.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

| Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2004
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

| Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2003
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

| Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

What makes the film so disturbing is that it charts much of what happens in the normal course of growing up -- filtered through the main character's warped sense of reality.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 27, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

So interesting, so compelling and so devastating, that the old idea is fresh and new again.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A

May 22, 2003
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 7, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

Absolutely frightening. Makes Dennis the Menace look like a little angel.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 4, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A gripping portrait of an unforgettable character.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

As disturbing as it is brilliant, The Butcher Boy reaffirms director Neil Jordan is most gifted when working with less money.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

August 16, 2002
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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