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About a Boy Reviews

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November 26, 2015
The Weitzes allow the humour to come more naturally out of the interactions between the characters, and they thankfully refuse to exploit these same serious moments for their sentimental value.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 17, 2015
...a thoroughly average piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2014
Even people who don't usually like Hugh Grant will be charmed by him in the scrappy, slightly scandalous comedy About a Boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2014
The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart.
February 10, 2014
If the story gets dangerously thin, Grant is pretty well flawless. And Collette, always good, is heartbreakingly believable.
February 10, 2014
About a Boy is truly a love story, with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless, which is gold for moviegoers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 10, 2014
This is a pleasingly skewed Britcom that can be watched with mates or the other half. And, boy, is it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 10, 2014
Genuinely funny and moving, this is both an endearing examination of masculinity and a challenge to male isolationism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 10, 2014
Grant's puckishness has become overly packaged; what's new about him here is his spiky hairdo. This movie is built on an actor as well as a character who is too intent to be on his best behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2014
Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
February 10, 2014
Grant, seeming to get better the further he's allowed to extend his range, delivers a terrific central performance, as acerbic but more complex than his sexy snake in Bridget Jones.
February 10, 2014
Will is a flintier, more sarcastic and impatient character than we've seen Grant play, yet there's a core of decency about him.
February 10, 2014
Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif.
February 10, 2014
About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
February 10, 2014
Compared to High Fidelity, the book and the movie, About A Boy seems resolutely uncool.... But part of growing up may be admitting that such familiar comforts can also be immensely satisfying.
February 10, 2014
About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation.
March 18, 2013
This charming coming of age comedy, a tale with heart and social message, offers Hugh Grant his best role to date.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 14, 2011
Thankfully, this film is grounded and has a firm sense of reality and is consequently more affecting for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
Like Billy Wilder with a British bent, "About a Boy" lithely dances around uneasy comedy - attempted suicide, fragile kids of divorce, childhood bereft of memorable experiences. But it never trivializes them, emphasizing life's quality over its quantity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 2, 2010
Grant grows a heart in Hornby-book pic; teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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