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While the script may lack insight and excitement, My Boy Jack features strong performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall that alone make it worth watching. Read critic reviews

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Author Rudyard Kipling (David Haig) and his wife (Kim Cattrall) search for their son (Daniel Radcliffe) after he goes missing in action during World War I.

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Critic Reviews for My Boy Jack

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  • I cried. We all cried, I don't doubt. Not a dry eye in any house.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • He'd captured, too, the torture of hope that Jack's parents found themselves exposed to - the word"Missing"on the telegram sending them scouring through photographs of prisoners of war to see if their son might still be alive.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • My Boy Jack was - I see no excuse for deceiving you, as Owen wrote to his mother - a disappointment.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Cattrall's odd inclusion adds a spark and leaves you with something to talk about. Otherwise "My Boy Jack" is like a well-made hospital bed, all four corners too tightly tucked.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The real revelation, though, is Kim Cattrall as Jack's mother Carrie, a formidable woman who never gave up hope, until presented with terrible evidence to the contrary, that her son would return home.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As for Cattrall and Radcliffe, it's one of those cases where it's a bit weird seeing them out of their normal characters... Their performances are not bad as a whole, but they are, at times, very stiff.

    February 25, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Boy Jack

  • Mar 29, 2013
    Surprisingly strong film, but it would have been more thought provoking with deeper examination of the post-mortem effects on the family. Jack's sister virtually vanishes from the struggle, and Kipling's interaction with the king is so devoid of expression (at least as to Jack) as to become filler. Kim Cattrall's performance was magnificent and makes the movie worth seeing on it's own. Kudos to Daniel Radcliffe for continuing to step outside the Harry Potter box and proving he's an actor of substance beyond the franchise.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Sad, extremely well acted tale of the senselessness of war and one family's experience. The father in this story is famous but it doesn't make their struggles any less universal. Daniel Radcliffe is terrific once again showing that he will be able to have a lifelong career far removed from Harry Potter. This is really a four person story and he is matched in excellence by the other three players, David Haig, Kim Cattrall and Carey Mulligan. A very moving story presented with great skill.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2009
    My Boy Jack - A young man fights for his country.. Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 17-year-old son after he goes missing during WWI.. I was impressed with this.. not what I was expecting.. really liked this..
    Lea L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2009
    The true story of Rudyard Kipling's son John who joined the British Army at the outset of the first World War. Like most BBC/PBS productions, <i>My Boy Jack</i> is nicely acted, tightly edited and modestly budgeted. It conveys the story efficiently without the frills and fluff associated with Hollywood productions. In general, people either love BBC films or they avoid them. I'm certainly not among the latter.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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