The Butcher Boy Reviews

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February 5, 2018
The Butcher Boy is a trip, all right, but one that I'm sorry I took.
January 9, 2018
The movie is well-crafted and tightly assembled, but it's also loud and unmodulated.
March 11, 2008
Director Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe adapted McCabe's novel for this bland 1998 shocker that fails miserably as satire, character study, and anything else it might have aspired to.
February 27, 2007
June 24, 2006
Though the movie sometimes looks as if the authentic Irish wit, colour and blarney has been filtered through the sensibility of a Buuel or Polanski, Jordan never allows the surreal/expressionist aspects to dominate.
December 24, 2005
Jordan's 10th feature is an ambitious pic that remains intimately focused, a brutally honest exploration of a disturbed mind that is both horrific and darkly comic.
January 26, 2014
...clumsily lurches from one irrelevant, uninteresting episode to the next...
August 16, 2010
Neil Jordan's most startlingly original, emotionally disturbing, and technically accomplished film, sort of a career summation.
March 11, 2008
Owens' remarkable, high-pitched performance and Jordan's lush, visionary style are perfectly suited to the material.
March 11, 2008
Intensely colourful, but somehow soulless.
February 28, 2007
A horrific tale of madness and abuse told with pop-eyed color and giddy humor.
January 19, 2006
The film almost immediately loses the major asset of the novel: its language. Possibly a quarter of the movie is incomprehensible to the American ear.
December 6, 2005
The film's horrific conclusion is as uncompromising as it is inevitable and, unfortunately, ever-more topical.
April 9, 2005
The Butcher Boy manages to present scenes of violence and despair within a carnival atmosphere, yet still touches us, largely due to Jordan's assured hand in directing this complex tale.
March 6, 2005
January 15, 2005
The Butcher Boy reveals how a soul's future, in the early stages of development, is highly influenced by love, or the lack of it.
August 7, 2004
I find myself in an embarrassing position: I think this is a great movie, but I'm not sure.
May 28, 2004
March 23, 2004
December 17, 2003
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