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Boy A Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 8, 2008
We're introduced to more string-pulling symbolism than a movie this inherently sad ever needs. It's too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2008
Mullen and Garfield fit well together -- both have faces you like on first sight, both have charm, both have warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
Although the screenplay tips our sympathies wholly in the young man's direction, it's cleverly structured to reveal the particulars of the long-ago crime, and what led up to it, in flashback.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2008
Bleak but expertly rendered.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2008
A small, huge film about the harsh realities of rehabilitation, and the shimmering possibility of redemption.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 25, 2008
If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2008
An absorbing, finely nuanced morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2008
Crowley, his cast and the script constantly reveal new layers to the characters, preventing simple labels like 'hero' or 'villain.' These people are all cringingly human.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
July 24, 2008
Carefully calibrated to explore the solitariness of a character who cannot let himself be known ... Turns Boy A's very particular story into a scary, universal and wrenching social statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 23, 2008
An ingenuous 24-year-old man-child is at the center of John Crowley's wrenching melodrama Boy A.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 23, 2008
Well-acted but familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 21, 2008
This is another of those dead-kid dramas in which the terrible event is handled like a striptease -- tantalizing flashes until the climax.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 5, 2008
Ambitious both as to structure and theme, and riveting in mood.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 9, 2007
A quiet and penetrating portrait of a sensitive young man who re-enters society with a fresh identity after spending half his life in juvenile prisons.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 1, 2007
Inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 8, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: A