Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Boyd van Hoeij is a freelance film writer based in Paris and Luxembourg. As a critic, he has covered the main film festivals (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice...) and the major European releases for industry magazine <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> since 2013. Before that, he was a contributing critic at <em>Variety</em>. Boyd is also the film editor of <em>Winq</em> magazine (Netherlands) and a regular contributor to <em>Indiewire</em> (U.S.) and <em>Filmkrant</em> (Netherlands). His book 10/10, about contemporary Francophone Belgian cinema, came out in September 2010. He's taught film criticism short courses and dissected classic movies frame-by-frame across the globe, including in such far-flung places as Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Portugal, Ireland and Palm Springs, Calif. He's been a panelist or moderator at festivals including Berlin, Cannes and Sydney and served on the Cannes Critics' Week jury in 2015.
Favorites:
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Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: twitter.com/filmboyd

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
67% For the Money (Por el dinero) (2019) Feels terminally indulgent and at times even nonsensical rather than whimsical or inventive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Specials (Hors normes) (2019) Not special enough. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) An intriguing debut for arthouse aficionados. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Important subject, uninvolving movie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
No Score Yet Ghost Tropic (2019) A stunning little gem. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) [A] terminally indulgent macho doodle posing as a movie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Bare Necessity (Perdrix) (2019) Audiences that like their films odd and engaging will eat this up. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) There's a constant sense of deja vu and reminders of other, better films without the material ever really coming into its own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
83% Particles (Les particules) (2019) While finally too slight to set commercial venues on fire, this Directors' Fortnight title does suggest Harrison is an expert creator of mood and ambiance and has a young voice that could be further developed. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet 15 Minutes of War (L'intervention) (2017) As if 21st-century moviemaking magic had been let loose on a terribly conservative and hopelessly blinkered 1980s relic of a script. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
40% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) Pariser doesn't seem quite sure how to sketch the wider world around his two protagonists, with friends and colleagues floating in and out of the picture in a way that might be lifelike but that also keeps creating expectations... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet Papicha (2019) A lovingly acted film that, unfortunately, derails in the third act... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
80% And Then We Danced (2019) The narrative becomes both more melodramatic and erratic, with numerous subplots suddenly vying for attention and an overdose of plot getting in the way of proper characterization. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% A Brother's Love (La femme de mon frère) (2019) A Brother's Love certainly does confirm Chokri as a directorial talent to watch with something to say. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
83% Deerskin (Le Daim) (2019) Despite a few good gags and committed performances, the nagging suspicion that this eccentric concept would've worked better as a medium-length work or even a short remains. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet Little White Lies 2 (Nous finirons ensemble) (2019) For all its problems - especially an overstuffed second half that prefers plot twists to character development and emotion - this is the rare sequel that works just as well as a stand-alone item. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
89% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) [A] slight but nonetheless pleasurable story... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
91% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) It is important to remind people - again and again and again - that we can't continue to treat the planet like this. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) While the screenplay definitely has too many elements to be able to function without dropping a few balls, Tzoumerkas does masterfully paint the stifling atmosphere of a godforsaken town where women's dreams and potential have come to die. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
60% Wùlu (2017) The film's foretold but very understated ending, which keeps a key moment offscreen to devastating effect, again confirms that Coulibaly is a talent to watch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Normal (2019) By avoiding any kind of overt editorializing beyond choosing what to film and how to edit the material, Tulli allows audiences to draw their own conclusions. The way the pic plays could differ greatly from person to person. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Greta (2019) This is a thematically ambitious but narratively very intimate and compassionate story of human relationships. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Selfie (2019) The reason that Selfie makes such an impression... is that it doesn't only focus on all the bad or hopeless things that surround the boys. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) An impressively controlled feature about the messy nature of contemporary life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
91% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) A portrait of an icon of Indigenous cinema as directed by her son. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
73% The Magic Life of V (2019) There's a sense throughout that the filmmakers don't quite know how to handle the line between fact and fiction, between prodding and simply observing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
100% Divine Love (2019) It may be sensual to watch but its goals are anything but sexy. What's more, it might not even be really necessary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet Edmond (2018) Generally, Michalik manages to advance the various story strands persuasively, and with a lot of energy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
96% Dirty God (2019) Knight's Jade feels authentic in her mood swings, from frustrated to questioning, from hopeful to devastated and back, sometimes within a single scene. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet In Your Hands (Au bout des doigts) (2018) Like the film's formulaic plot outline, the veterans' performances are peppered with unexpected little moments, turning what could have easily been almost too familiar into a slightly more textured work. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
86% Winter Flies (Vsechno bude) (2018) Observant and wise about boys in puberty yet impish and carefree when necessary and never idealizing the cold and dreary countryside they travel through, Winter Flies is a lovely little film that's as comfortable as an old sweater and almost as warm. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet The Freshmen (Première année) (2018) A rambling and semi-impressionistic account of two medical students in their first year that feels like an exercise in nostalgia... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet Take It or Leave It (2018) A realistically told drama about one blue-collar man's struggle with keeping his head above water as he has to try and juggle life's curveballs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet Screwdriver (Mafak) (2018) Jarbawi, who penned the script as well, also struggles to balance his various story threads, skipping from one subplot to another in a manner that never feels fully organic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
No Score Yet I Feel Good (2018) A delight. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
71% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) Sharp performances and direction help make up for a spotty screenplay. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
67% The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) (2018) A flawed but interesting fiction debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
33% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) Though certainly ambitious and well-performed across the board, this has to be considered a bit of letdown from the clearly talented Swiss-German writer-director Simon Jaquemet. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
67% Cinderella The Cat (Gatta Cenerentola) (2017) The classic fairytale gets an unexpectedly dark and adult update in Cinderella the Cat (Gatta cenerentola), a strikingly animated tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
No Score Yet Living the Light (2018) A sort of scrapbook narrative, composed of little moments and small insights that together create a kind of mosaic view of a complex man and artist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
75% Heartbound (2018) Heartbound is a frustrating work to watch about a potentially fascinating subject. It raises more questions than it answers, with one of the main questions being what it is the filmmakers really wanted to show and explore. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
80% Roads in February (2018) A promising debut feature from Canadian director Katherine Jerkovic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
89% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) The Good Girls is more like an intentionally overdressed drama than a satirical comedy, while the clearly foretold ending robs the proceedings of any suspense. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
89% Cities of Last Things (2018) Though it takes a little while for the film to find its footing, this is an ambitious and, finally, also touching new work from Pinoy Sunday director Ho Wi Ding. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Rojo (2018) Its accessibility... could turn this into Naishtat's most widely seen work to date and help consolidate his reputation as an exciting new voice in Argentinean cinema. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
92% Giant Little Ones (2019) The film belongs to Wiggins, who brings an openness and sincerity to Franky's struggles that help suggest to what extent his character's specific story has elements that everybody will be able to relate to. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Though this intriguing genre-hybrid might be just a little too odd for more mainstream success, this is a promising step in the right direction for Nguyen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
38% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) A wannabe epic about the French Revolution that's so bad it almost makes you wish France were still a kingdom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Lost Caravaggio (Una storia senza nome) (2018) Seems so enamored with the idea of layering different stories on top of one another like some kind of narrative lasagna that it finally becomes unclear what it is the film is really trying to say. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) A pleasurable way indeed to pass two hours at the cinema. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018