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The Boys Are Back Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 21, 2012
I felt a level of exasperation with how the character of Joe handled his own children. I'm not a fan of men who have a problem stepping up to the role of a parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 6, 2012
Clive Owen gets in touch with his sensitive side in the heartbreaking drama, The Boys Are Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 24, 2011
It's a fairly standard premise that is, for the most part, employed to middling effect by filmmaker Scott Hicks...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2010
The Boys Are Back is poignant in dealing with the stages of grief but lets up with a bit of fun. Scott Hicks really is back in town.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 14, 2010
A deeply resonant film, driven by strong performances and displaying an open affection that is too rarely depicted between fathers and sons.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
February 27, 2010
Takes pain and loss and gives it a slightly glossy treatment that holds the drama but doesn't quite get to the point of complete emotional puppetry.
Brian Orndorf
January 24, 2010
Boys Are Back shows unexpected resolve to approach the central conflict with sincerity, and that small effort takes something with the potential for dispiriting routine and makes it a truly responsive motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 24, 2010
Clive Owen turns a tear-jerker into a meditation on fatherhood in The Boys Are Back
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 22, 2010
Owen reveals a rarely glimpsed warmth and the father and son dynamic has charm, but sappiness keeps the film nice, rather than as good as it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 22, 2010
Hicks's directing style is straightforward and unfussy - a description you could apply to this big-hearted film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
January 22, 2010
Aggressively life-affirming, unashamedly sentimental and tear-jerking with industrial efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 22, 2010
If you could order a heart-tugging movie about a widower single dad from the Boden catalogue, accessorised with emotional moments purchased online at, it might look like this excruciatingly artificial and prettified film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 22, 2010
Hicks's hand with these relationships is more than sure enough to guide this unexpectedly observant movie over its occasional rough spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alice Levick
Little White Lies
January 22, 2010
The Boys Are Back strains admirably against the stereotypes which tend to weigh down such tales of the expected.
| Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
January 22, 2010
A quintessential boys film to admire with no explosions or pixelated action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paige Toon
Heat Magazine
January 22, 2010
Heartwrenchingly sad, yet ultimately uplifting, Shine director Hicks more than matches the film that made him famous with this deeply moving tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 22, 2010
Visually sharp but dramatically flat, The Boys Are Back plays like a montage of Kodak moments that engage the eye but rarely the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
January 22, 2010
Often touching, more often infuriating account of an ex-pat Brit journo in Oz exploring the how-to of father-son bonding. But even if you're grinding your teeth, the film's brash exuberance and its lead actor will keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
January 22, 2010
The quality of the acting is impressive and serves to at least give some substance to a rather flimsy plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 22, 2010
The plot is mundane and relatively dull... The result is an experience that's amiable but underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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