Boys State

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Startling, upsetting, and overall absorbing, Boys State strikingly depicts American political divisions -- and machinations -- taking root in the next generation.

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Release date: Jul 31, 2020

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Texas teens learn about American democracy by organizing political parties and running a mock government.

Cast & Crew

Amanda McBaine
Director
Jesse Moss
Director
Jesse Moss
Producer
Amanda McBaine
Producer
Davis Guggenheim
Executive Producer
Jonathan Silberberg
Executive Producer
Nicole Stott
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Thorsten Thielow
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T. Griffin
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Critic Reviews for Boys State

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (8)

  • The documentary about a political boot camp is a depressingly accurate microcosm of the American electoral circus...helpful-if only as a cautionary tale about what extracurriculars not to enroll your kids in.

    August 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Boys State has noble aims when it comes to teaching teenagers how their leaders are chosen and held accountable, but Boys State shows that those aims can only do so much to keep the uglier side of that process at bay.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Erik Adams

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  • "Boys State" is a remarkable glimpse at the state of politics today.

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A nagging absence buzzes throughout nearly the entire film, distracting the viewer from the substance, however engaging, of what's onscreen.

    August 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is an outstanding documentary... It has you wondering how much politics is like Lord of the Flies.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Boys State is one of those movies that will play differently based on both your political affiliation and whether you see the glass as half-empty or half-full.

    August 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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