December Boys Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
There seem to be two movies going on here at the same time, and December Boys would have been better off going all the way with one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 8, 2007
I was not charmed. I was not moved.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 20, 2007
Don't expect magic here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 14, 2007
December Boys is good, but not great; and as far as coming of age stories are concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Cinematical
September 14, 2007
A cloying, unremarkable affair.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 2, 2007
No reason to see it. No reason not to see it, either. Shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 14, 2007
Crisply shot by cinematographer David Connell, the South Australian locations offer a nostalgic, golden glow to proceedings. Sadly, the characters inspire little sense of wonder.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
There is nothing on display in the coming-of-age drama December Boys that you havenâ(TM)t already seen dozens of times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 14, 2007
Quite the most pretentious piffle I've seen all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 14, 2007
With its series of tonally awkward plot developments which seem to have been engineered specifically to meet Radcliffe's various portfolio needs, the best that could be said of this is that the actor's next move should be to talk to his agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
September 13, 2007
If the blogosphere makes hay from the fact that Radcliffe goes beyond first base in this film, the robotic storytelling will deflate any curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 20, 2007
Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
The two halves of December Boys -- the pre-adolescent getting of wisdom and the adolescent getting of action -- never mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 10, 2007
The absence of a seasoned lead figure is a decisive flaw, with the same to be said about the writing. The religious inserts only make it blasphemous to the gods of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
September 8, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Russell Edwards
Variety
September 13, 2007
Visually well-mounted but narratively muddled.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 14, 2007
Well-intentioned, but teeth-grindingly earnest, with a voice-over that seems to consist entirely of clichés.
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
September 14, 2007
Sweet-natured but terribly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
September 28, 2007

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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