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Boys Town Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

Film4
May 24, 2003
These days you might gag at some of the more saccharine aspects.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 13, 2003
A classic with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney squaring off magnificently.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 9, 2007
A dated but entertaining tale of friendship
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Tracy, showing necessary restraint, makes his portrayal of Flanagan sincere and human.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 12, 2005
a watershed film that discusses an important societal development
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 15, 2005
Tracy is always good -- was he ever bad in a film in his entire career?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
Superior high-minded 'quality' movie, but in its heart it's a soap opera.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
December 19, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 28, 2005
Shameless but effective weepie about wayward orphans
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
February 10, 2012
One of the more overrated films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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