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Boy A Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Andrew Garfield nailed an assignment many actors would avoid or, worse, botch in "Boy A" - embody a grown, traumatized man experiencing emotional honesty, transparent kindness, sexual intimacy and genuine appreciation from others for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 23, 2008
The material is thought-provoking and features some very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 21, 2008
The limits of redemption and forgiveness get challenged ruthlessly in this haunting drama...
Stan Hall
October 17, 2008
Efficiently directed by John Crowley, Boy A avoids exploitation while never soft-selling its thorny subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 19, 2008
The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.
| Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
September 16, 2008
This is a brutally honest story that pulls no punches. It excels at everything from the directing and acting to the editing and photography. A stunning achievement
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 12, 2008
It makes us feel sympathy for the devil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 5, 2008
Garfield is definitely an actor to watch, but prepare yourself for the disappointing ending.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 5, 2008
Director John Crowley, a veteran Irish theater director now working in film, is deliberate with every last element of his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
September 2, 2008
It's a sad movie, no question -- but like most great drama, it inspires admiration for its thoughtfulness and its craft.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 29, 2008
Boy A is the kind of movie that falls victim to the new role of multiplex as babysitter of teenagers. Its life in the theatres will be short, but for the few that find it now it will be worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
August 29, 2008
Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
August 25, 2008
The new British film 'Boy A' poses a question that is easy to ask but nearly impossible to answer: Can we ever really escape from our own misdeeds?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
August 23, 2008
His sophomore feature, Boy A explores bleak territory but its insistence on not tying everything up in neat little bows is to be commended.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 11, 2008
Crowley gets a remarkable performance from Andrew Garfield: his Jack is a person who carries guilt with him even when he is trying to override it.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 8, 2008
Boy A is one of those rare movies that takes the idea of rehabilitation seriously. In the end, it may present a worst-case scenario, but it does so with unusual depth and conviction.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2008
In tandem, the director and screenwriter build up a palpable suspense. Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2008
Along with Garfield and the splendid Scottish actor Mullan, Crowley brings great tact to this bruising saga of atonement and moral regeneration. Though a bad seed can bring forth good fruit, will others want to pick it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2008
There are some gaps in the movie's reality, and some O. Henry-like contrivances, but the masterful trick Boy A plays on viewers is to get them to care before giving them reasons not to.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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