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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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 17, 2015
...a thoroughly average piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
February 10, 2014
If the story gets dangerously thin, Grant is pretty well flawless. And Collette, always good, is heartbreakingly believable.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
| Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
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
Lorien Haynes
Radio Times
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
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February 10, 2014
Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
Sheila Johnston
Screen International
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 10, 2014
About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation.
Emanuel Levy
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+
Daniel Saney
Digital Spy
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
Nick Rogers
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
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 2, 2010
Grant grows a heart in Hornby-book pic; teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
All in all, a nice breath of comedic fresh air as we get a witty, sweet, and hilarious British comedy with excellent performances from the versatile Hugh Grant and many others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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