The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story Reviews

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June 18, 2020
This moving tale behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's least well-known "first" families is enriched by some of the most gloriously happy lyrics produced in the last decade of the studio system.
December 1, 2018
As the highlights roll by and you get to know these geniuses better, the film becomes surprisingly moving.
September 29, 2011 affable, sporadically intriguing (yet somewhat underwhelming) piece of work.
December 10, 2010
A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well.
November 29, 2010
Well-paced and full of anecdotal information, clips from the brothers' movies, and interviews with people who worked with them . . . . It's rich with history, and not just personal history.
November 6, 2009
The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world.
August 21, 2009
The documentary covers 80 years of their lives, from a happy childhood right through to the present day, covering their personal and professional lives and offering a glimpse of their particular creative process.
August 21, 2009
The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told.
May 29, 2009
Film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat.
May 23, 2009
A lively, engrossing, fascinating and well-edited documentary. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally.
May 22, 2009
A touching and illuminating documentary about the songwriting duo.
May 22, 2009
An excellent film -- entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
May 22, 2009
An absorbing study in creative tension.
May 22, 2009
An irresistible documentary about the inexhaustible sibling songwriting duo Richard and Robert Sherman.
May 21, 2009
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is, above all, a loving salute from sons to their accomplished fathers.
May 21, 2009
Be warned: you will leave this wonderful biography tortured by the classic songs threaded throughout.
May 20, 2009
Directors Gregory and Jeffrey Sherman, sons of the composers, have set themselves such a furious pace in parsing the full chronology that we only skim the surface of the Poppins near-disaster.
May 19, 2009
Anyone expecting a saccharine-mapped trip down memory lane from this engrossing documentary, directed by cousins Gregory and Jeff Sherman, sons of Robert and Richard, is in for a bittersweet, heartbreaking surprise.
May 19, 2009
Evocative and intriguing, spiced by lush, radiant movie clips illustrating the Sherman brothers' glorious legacy of music.
April 29, 2009
Engaging docu draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees, and should lure dedicated nostalgists.
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