The Butcher Boy Reviews

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.
August 7, 2004
I find myself in an embarrassing position: I think this is a great movie, but I'm not sure.
June 18, 2002
Instead of bathing his story in the warm, lyrical glow of an Irish lament, Jordan mixes domestic tragedy with fierce gallows humor and the stark horror of a Goya painting.
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
February 14, 2001
Jordan is remarkable in his ability to reveal people's inner lives and the interaction between everyday life and an individual's imagination and driving passions.
January 1, 2000
The Butcher Boy works best as a dark comedy and social satire, and is somewhat less successful as a character study of a deeply-troubled young boy whose violent impulses are fed by his unstable environment.
January 1, 2000
The movie held me outside; I didn't connect in the way I wanted to, and by the end I was out of sympathy with the material.
January 1, 2000
Jordan's adaptation of The Butcher Boy (co-written with McCabe) remains a compelling exploration of the permeable border between normal childhood and full-on insanity.
January 1, 2000
Anecdotal and increasingly chilling, The Butcher Boy moves from its early prankster spirit into parts unknown with the help of many pungent background touches.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
April 3, 1998