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About a Boy Reviews

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February 9, 2006
Hornby's crises and characters can be so facile, schematic and smugly moralistic that emotional substance can get overshadowed by fluff.
May 26, 2002
You can't help but shake the feeling that you were having more fun with the old, sarcastic, lying Will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2002
If the film has anything going for it, it's Nicholas Hoult's marvelous performance as the young boy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 20, 2002
Like its lead character, About a Boy exists in a stale vacuum of time-killing routine.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 19, 2002
The film's major setback is that it's not as interesting as the characters are.
May 17, 2002
A timid, soggy near miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2002
The characters want to live and breathe, but the filmmakers keep trying to smooth off their edges.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2002
Was this spiritless stuff really directed by Paul and Chris Weitz, of American Pie fame? How the rebels have mellowed!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 14, 2002
Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.
May 17, 2002
Though ultimately derailed by an underdeveloped romance and an overly sappy ending, About a Boy shows signs that the Weitz brothers are near cinematic adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2009
Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
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
May 24, 2017
While the movie has some awkwardly executed scenes and slow spots... this is a comedy with a heart... It's funny, it's smart, it's poignant - and it's set on Planet Earth.
February 10, 2014
If the story gets dangerously thin, Grant is pretty well flawless. And Collette, always good, is heartbreakingly believable.
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
July 5, 2005
About a Boy is the perfect date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2003
This movie is about people talking, making decisions, and growing from their experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2002
Refreshingly short on cuteness and remarkably alert to the problems inherent in adapting a much-loved novel to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: A
June 2, 2002
Will is alarmingly shallow, as if the American Psycho possessed Hugh Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 17, 2002
Hugh Grant, who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in About a Boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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