Boy Erased (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions.

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"Boy Erased" tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program - or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man's struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

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"Boy Erased" has its heart in the right place in exposing these supposed treatment centers. But where it should light a fire, it barely musters any smoke.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

If you know someone who is thinking of putting their kid though one of these programs, buy them a ticket. If not, what's the point?

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

To its great credit, "Boy Erased" never reduces Jared's parents to monolithic, backwards-thinking caricatures.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Edgerton proves an incisive filmmaker. Every beat has weight. Every close-up registers. He values silence - he trusts you to feel things along with his characters.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Although Boy Erased depicts a series of injustices, its ultimate message is one of the hope and optimism that can accompany acceptance.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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Hedges is a great young actor who gets to the core of his character's inner turmoil. Edgerton does a good job delving into the conversion therapy world but never takes the narrative to the place it could have risen to, Crowe and Kidman are convincing as the the highly conflicted parents. (11-23-18)

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