About a Boy Reviews

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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.
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
Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
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 3, 2009
Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
February 3, 2009
Few movies have made better use of Hugh Grant's shallow charm and amused befuddlement than this funny and well-paced adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling second novel.
November 1, 2007
The first big studio movie of 2002 I didn't want to end.
February 9, 2006
Hornby's crises and characters can be so facile, schematic and smugly moralistic that emotional substance can get overshadowed by fluff.
December 15, 2003
Fans of the old rakishly seductive womaniser may have their allegiance strained... But I think [Grant] passes the test triumphantly.
July 20, 2002
The movie occasionally strains for crowd-pleasing moments as it pumps up the drama toward the end, but it more than earns our indulgence.
May 30, 2002
In the end, the film comes over as a messy delight, thanks to the skill, generosity and good-sport, punching-bag panache of Mr. Grant's performance.
May 22, 2002
I loved the novel and I love what they did with it.
May 19, 2002
About a Boy is sophisticated and nuanced, and every character is bursting with emotional contradictions.
May 17, 2002
About a Boy is not only hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic, it's grounds for Hugh Grant's canonization as the patron saint of all cads.
May 17, 2002
In this winning, tic-free performance, Grant lends the shoals layer upon layer of desire, terror, ambivalence and self-awareness.
May 17, 2002
Most of us have uttered this familiar refrain: The movie is never as good as the book. About a Boy flies in the face of that maxim.
May 17, 2002
About A Boy measures out its redemption, but it's keenly felt all the same, and very much enjoyed.
May 17, 2002
Miss this movie at your peril.
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