December Boys Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 3, 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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 8, 2007
I was not charmed. I was not moved.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 28, 2007
Particularly for Radcliffe fans, it's an agreeable journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2007
Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told.
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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
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
The kind of film people call 'uplifting,' and while it is that much of the way, there are times when it's so oversaturated with sweetness and light, it's likely to uplift more cynical viewers from their seats in the movie theater. No matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 17, 2007
December Boys bathes in the summer sun and sea breezes even as it exudes the energy of youth and promise.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 15, 2007
[A] tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 15, 2007
A coming-of-age tale so treacly it doesn't just tug your heartstrings, it attempts to glue them to your ribs.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
While there's not much to the story, the gorgeous setting goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 2007
Daniel Radcliffe doesn't look uncomfortable, exactly, in December Boys, but he does look like a hot transfer student trying to fit in with local pipsqueaks a head shorter and two grades below him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 13, 2007
The movie earns its right to sentiment through its performances and gentle solicitousness toward its young heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Russell Edwards
Variety
September 13, 2007
Visually well-mounted but narratively muddled.