Boys Town Reviews

July 23, 2019
It's a genuine human story, dramatically handled and finely acted.
February 10, 2012
One of the more overrated films of its era.
December 25, 2009
There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing.
March 26, 2009
Tracy, showing necessary restraint, makes his portrayal of Flanagan sincere and human.
August 9, 2007
A dated but entertaining tale of friendship
November 12, 2005
a watershed film that discusses an important societal development
November 3, 2005
At the time, the real-life Flanagan complained that MGM made Boys Town look so neat, clean, and well managed that he had trouble raising money for the center
October 28, 2005
Shameless but effective weepie about wayward orphans
September 28, 2005
January 15, 2005
Tracy is always good -- was he ever bad in a film in his entire career?
November 23, 2004
February 8, 2004
January 21, 2004
Superior high-minded 'quality' movie, but in its heart it's a soap opera.
July 1, 2003
May 24, 2003
These days you might gag at some of the more saccharine aspects.
May 8, 2003
March 13, 2003
A classic with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney squaring off magnificently.
December 19, 2002
July 29, 2002
January 1, 2000
Mickey Rooney is a hard case, but eventually he cracks -- as will you, under the relentless, flat sentimentality of Norman Taurog's direction.