Boyhood Reviews

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October 11, 2018
Like Michael Apted in his Seven Up! documentary series, Linklater makes you feel as if you're watching a photograph as it develops in the darkroom.
September 22, 2016
Calling it a sum of its parts can be a backhanded compliment, but it feels like especially worthy praise for Boyhood, considering how much went into making it feel whole.
January 2, 2015
We can quibble with small stuff in Boyhood. Supporting performances are variable, the sister drops out as a dramatic character ... I could go on. But the cumulative power is tremendous.
January 2, 2015
While everything about Boyhood is done with extraordinary care, the master stroke was clearly the casting, 13 years ago, of a little Texas boy named Ellar Coltrane.
January 2, 2015
It's like a time-lapse photo of an expanding consciousness.
January 2, 2015
Cinema has always been the best place for time travel, but rarely has it been so anchored in reality than in Richard Linklater's Boyhood.
January 2, 2015
A word about the film's epic length. Boyhood is 166 minutes long. Yet it is so affecting, so much a thing of wonder, that it could run forever and I would still keep watching.
January 2, 2015
Linklater's casual hand at storytelling, dealing out reel after reel of naggingly forthright enlightenment, turns this simple tale of a mother trying to do her best into something worth every second of the time it took to produce.
January 2, 2015
Richard Linklater's Boyhood is in most respects a traditional realist film -- plainly shot, devoid of plot gimmicks, aiming to approximate life as it is actually lived.
January 2, 2015
Boyhood is proof that a strange magic can still bloom amidst the tragedy that buffets human life.
September 4, 2014
But the film's best bits don't give us nearly enough to justify those accolades or dispel the feeling that you're being taken on a leisurely meander through lives short on surprises and revelations.
August 10, 2014
An exceptionally well-crafted coming-of-age story.
July 31, 2014
The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced.
July 30, 2014
Linklater has crafted what may be the most ingenious film of the century here and given it a tone like no other ...
July 25, 2014
Is it dumb to say, "Wow?" I don't care. Wow.
July 24, 2014
The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre.
July 24, 2014
Boyhood understands the tumult of childhood and adolescence as well as it does the hurdles and satisfaction of raising children.
July 24, 2014
Richard Linklater's latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It's a one-of-a-kind experience.
July 21, 2014
Any film that takes twelve years to shoot should be commended for its stamina alone; yet no sense of grind, still less of fatigue, attends this Richard Linklater project.
July 20, 2014
I can't help but think there may have been a better movie still lurking in his accumulated footage, one that with a mild shift in emphasis might have been titled, more ambitiously, Adulthood.
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