The Boy Who Could Fly
1986, Fantasy, 1h 48m30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Writer-director Nick Castle's careful command of tone keeps The Boy Who Could Fly from fully surrendering to its story's sentimental tendencies. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for The Boy Who Could Fly
A commendable rarity: a sensitive children's film that neither patronises them nor insults their intelligence.
The unevenness in tone here makes watching ''The Boy Who Could Fly'' a little like hitting airpockets in a puddlejumper.July 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Though the film is both sappy and cliched, it's not as sappy or cliched as might be expected.
"The Boy Who Could Fly" is as fragile as a kite, yet it's kept aloft by the commitment of writer-director Nick Castle and the talent and presence of lovely young Lucy Deakins, who has that crucial gift of catching us up in her imagination.
A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Under Nick Castle's careful direction, scenes never become maudlin, which is remarkable considering the potential of the subject matter. Deakins and Underwood handle their difficult roles with amazing grace.March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Boy Who Could Fly
Sep 06, 2010I really liked this movie when I was a kid, I thought it was cool, and it has Fred Savage from the Wonder Years. Now, it seems kind of silly and predictable, but it's okay.Aj V Super Reviewer
Dec 31, 2008Aww...I remember watching this in either 4th or 5th grade.Nani V Super Reviewer
Jan 08, 2008I like it. It's simple but it has a good story and some funny parts to help it along. And who doesn't want to fly?Jason S Super Reviewer
Nov 30, 2007I remember this movie from childhood. All I can think of is he's like retarded and flies out the window or something. I should probably see it again before you take this review seriously.Curtis L Super Reviewer
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