• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Kids & Family
  • Directed By:
    Rod Hardy
    In Theaters:
    Oct 5, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 11, 2007
  • Warner Independent Pictures

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December Boys Reviews

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Matt Stevens
E! Online

Don't expect magic here.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

September 20, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Director Rod Hardy musters his fine cast to provide a nuanced story...about coming of age, friendship, old age and young love.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

September 20, 2007
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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Juvenile viewers may well benefit from the movie. But, for the adult, it's ultimately a film that arrives too early for the season in its title and too late in terms of style and impact.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 20, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

A tween version of Superbad this certainly isn't, with a significant stench of familiarity covering rites of passage like peeing together and clamoring to see naked girls.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 20, 2007
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

An absorbing, gentle slice-of-life, light on plot but heavy on smaller moments of keen human interaction and observation.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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December Boys bathes in the summer sun and sea breezes even as it exudes the energy of youth and promise.

September 17, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A coming-of-age tale so treacly it doesn't just tug your heartstrings, it attempts to glue them to your ribs.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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[A] tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2007
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

A coming of age story for Dummies. It packs in the schmaltz and spells out all the life lessons in case you weren't paying attention. It's not unwatchable, but I certainly wasn't in the mood that day.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

September 14, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Radcliffe is the big draw, but he's really a supporting player, just one of the parentless wonders sent to live with a loving couple one glorious, life-changing summer.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 14, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This charming tale of a quartet of Australian orphans who share a life-altering holiday in the 1960s should appeal to sentimental adults old enough to wax nostalgic over their own adolescence.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Timothy Knight
Reel.com

Except for the breathtaking Australian landscape, there's little to recommend about December Boys.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Enhanced by an exotic locale, the movie overcomes a well-trodden narrative path and unflinchingly brandishes its sentimentality as it stakes out its crowd-pleasing territory.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 14, 2007
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News

Radcliffe -- in full benevolent leadership -- clearly has a future as a young adult performer once he shelves Harry Potter's wand once and for all.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Director Ron Hardy's heartfelt, if somewhat tepid, adaptation of Michael Noonan's coming-of-age novel harks back to the days of the Australian New Wave, when films about isolation, loneliness and the existential dilemmas of life on an island continent.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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While there's not much to the story, the gorgeous setting goes a long way.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

December Boys is good, but not great; and as far as coming of age stories are concerned.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 14, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An engrossing Australian film about four orphans whose deep bonds of friendship are tested during a summer vacation in paradise.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

With a strongly emotional tone, this low-key Australian coming-of-age drama is beautifully filmed and acted. Although it does lay on the nostalgia rather thickly.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2007
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