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The Butcher Boy Reviews

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March 11, 2008
Owens' remarkable, high-pitched performance and Jordan's lush, visionary style are perfectly suited to the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2007
A horrific tale of madness and abuse told with pop-eyed color and giddy humor.
| Original Score: 5/5
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 Bu˝uel or Polanski, Jordan never allows the surreal/expressionist aspects to dominate.
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.
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December 24, 2005
Neil Jordan's most accomplished and brilliant film to date, Butcher Boy is satisfying as faithful literary adaptation and inense cinematic experience that brings to mind in theme Kubrick's equally brilliant Cloakwork Orange.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2005
The film's horrific conclusion is as uncompromising as it is inevitable and, unfortunately, ever-more topical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
| Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2003
What makes the film so disturbing is that it charts much of what happens in the normal course of growing up -- filtered through the main character's warped sense of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 22, 2003
So interesting, so compelling and so devastating, that the old idea is fresh and new again.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
February 4, 2003
Absolutely frightening. Makes Dennis the Menace look like a little angel.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2002
A gripping portrait of an unforgettable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 16, 2002
As disturbing as it is brilliant, The Butcher Boy reaffirms director Neil Jordan is most gifted when working with less money.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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