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December Boys Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2011
Mildly involving tale of four orphan boys in the Outback
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
The coast of Australia is an apt setting for Rod Hardy's precious drama: It's Beaches for men.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 9, 2007
Fans and industry watchers who wonder whether Radcliffe has what it takes to turn his increasingly sophisticated performances in [Harry Potter] into a full-blown adult career as an actor... can see for themselves: the kid's got talent...
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 3, 2007
Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2007
Director Rod Hardy adds some whimsical touches to an otherwise cliche-filled story, but the young orphans never emerge as full-blooded characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 11, 2007
Conflicted but well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 8, 2007
I was not charmed. I was not moved.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 6, 2007
Pleasant but pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
October 2, 2007
No reason to see it. No reason not to see it, either. Shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 28, 2007
Particularly for Radcliffe fans, it's an agreeable journey.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
September 28, 2007
A story line involving a crusty fisherman and a giant, fabled fish plays as unintentionally comic. Other moments are visually excessive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Russell
September 28, 2007's hard to argue with the movie's general good spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andy Spletzer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 27, 2007
Sometimes the hardest movies to review are the ones that are middle-of-the-road, bland and completely uninspiring, movies like December Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 24, 2007
Sweet--indeed, cloying--coming-of-age tale...the barrage of messages it carries ultimately proves too heavy a cargo.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
September 24, 2007
There is nothing on display in the coming-of-age drama December Boys that you havenā(TM)t already seen dozens of times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
September 23, 2007
"December Boys" is a minor ensemble melodrama that succeeds for the heartfelt efforts of its ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
There seem to be two movies going on here at the same time, and December Boys would have been better off going all the way with one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2007
Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
The two halves of December Boys -- the pre-adolescent getting of wisdom and the adolescent getting of action -- never mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
The kind of film people call 'uplifting,' and while it is that much of the way, there are times when it's so oversaturated with sweetness and light, it's likely to uplift more cynical viewers from their seats in the movie theater. No matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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