The Butcher Boy Reviews

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 11, 2008
Owens' remarkable, high-pitched performance and Jordan's lush, visionary style are perfectly suited to the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
February 28, 2007
A horrific tale of madness and abuse told with pop-eyed color and giddy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
January 19, 2006
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.
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
Variety
December 24, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The film's horrific conclusion is as uncompromising as it is inevitable and, unfortunately, ever-more topical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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
Top Critic
David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
I find myself in an embarrassing position: I think this is a great movie, but I'm not sure.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2003
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
So interesting, so compelling and so devastating, that the old idea is fresh and new again.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
Absolutely frightening. Makes Dennis the Menace look like a little angel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A gripping portrait of an unforgettable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
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
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007

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