Critic Consensus: Boulevard features a richly layered performance from Robin Williams, but that may be this dour drama's sole distinctive feature.
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Critic Reviews for Boulevard
Boulevard itself moves toward an obvious conclusion with no surprises along the way; it runs out of steam after about an hour.
While it's all too clear that Nolan is unhappy - he also has an ailing dad to care for - the thoughts inside his head remain stubbornly opaque.
This is certainly a believable story, but it's one we've seen before, and neither screenwriter Douglas Soesbe nor director Dito Montiel has found a way to elevate it into something that challenges or inspires.
Unfortunately, the movie plods; you can always see where it's going or trying to go. It also feels incomplete.
Williams delivers a performance of mannered, sometimes heart-wrenching restraint. But something closer to cautiousness tamps down the film.
Audience Reviews for Boulevard
Boulevard is directed by Dito Montiel, and it stars Robin Williams in his last role about a husband who's not happy with his life, and when he come across a male hustler who's life is not looking good, he wants to help him and his life is starting to change around. When seeing that this is the last film that stars Robin Williams before his death comes in, I'm curious to see how he end it with, and it's a good movie in the end for Robin Williams. The acting is great, from Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk, to Robin Williams who is the best part of the film. He acts his character as a person that doesn't really like his life approach to it and just couldn't make the chance anymore for it, and he does it very well. When it comes down to the reveal of it, you see it coming, but it's interesting enough to be curious about how it came to it. The chemistry between Robin Williams and Kathy Baker is very convincing, and with Robin Williams and Roberto Aguire together in scenes, I like that very much. The main issue that I have with it, is that there's not much to offer for this film that makes the movie very enjoyable to watch. The plot, while a bit different than usual, still feels predictable. The writing is fine, but could've have more of a spark to it, and it doesn't really have that much going on, which would be fine, if it was really interesting, and it's not really that interesting. I still managed to like it at the end thanks to William's performance that the film kind of depends on him, and it's interesting to see that a drama film manages to be his last movie out of all of the films that he's in.
1/27/16 Showtime A sad yet somehow uplifting film about a middle aged man who finally finds his life. Another strong dramatic performance by Robin Williams. He was an amazing talent from a crazy, manic comedian to a dramatic actor who could play a wide variety of characters.
If you like angst-filled drama, "Boulevard" should be right up your alley. Although it's got nothing in the way of new material, "Boulevard" is amazing for its deep, compelling and nuanced performances by Williams and Baker. Aguire's performance is also notably good, although having less depth. Cinematography was strong throughout -- but damn! Did I mention how good Robin Williams was?
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