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About a Boy Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Hornby's crises and characters can be so facile, schematic and smugly moralistic that emotional substance can get overshadowed by fluff.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 20, 2002
Like its lead character, About a Boy exists in a stale vacuum of time-killing routine.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
June 19, 2002
The film's major setback is that it's not as interesting as the characters are.
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 14, 2002
Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.
Justin Hartung
Citysearch
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
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 3, 2009
Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
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
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.
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
About a Boy is the perfect date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
This movie is about people talking, making decisions, and growing from their experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 24, 2002
Refreshingly short on cuteness and remarkably alert to the problems inherent in adapting a much-loved novel to the screen.
| Original Score: A
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 2, 2002
Will is alarmingly shallow, as if the American Psycho possessed Hugh Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2002
Using a stock plot, About a Boy injects just enough freshness into the proceedings to provide an enjoyable 100 minutes in a movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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