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December Boys Reviews

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September 20, 2007
Don't expect magic here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 20, 2007
Director Rod Hardy musters his fine cast to provide a nuanced story...about coming of age, friendship, old age and young love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2007
Juvenile viewers may well benefit from the movie. But, for the adult, it's ultimately a film that arrives too early for the season in its title and too late in terms of style and impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2007
Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.
September 20, 2007
A tween version of Superbad this certainly isn't, with a significant stench of familiarity covering rites of passage like peeing together and clamoring to see naked girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 17, 2007
An absorbing, gentle slice-of-life, light on plot but heavy on smaller moments of keen human interaction and observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2007
December Boys bathes in the summer sun and sea breezes even as it exudes the energy of youth and promise.
September 15, 2007
A coming-of-age tale so treacly it doesn't just tug your heartstrings, it attempts to glue them to your ribs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2007
[A] tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
A coming of age story for Dummies. It packs in the schmaltz and spells out all the life lessons in case you weren't paying attention. It's not unwatchable, but I certainly wasn't in the mood that day.
September 14, 2007
Radcliffe is the big draw, but he's really a supporting player, just one of the parentless wonders sent to live with a loving couple one glorious, life-changing summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 14, 2007
This charming tale of a quartet of Australian orphans who share a life-altering holiday in the 1960s should appeal to sentimental adults old enough to wax nostalgic over their own adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Except for the breathtaking Australian landscape, there's little to recommend about December Boys.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 14, 2007
Enhanced by an exotic locale, the movie overcomes a well-trodden narrative path and unflinchingly brandishes its sentimentality as it stakes out its crowd-pleasing territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2007
Radcliffe -- in full benevolent leadership -- clearly has a future as a young adult performer once he shelves Harry Potter's wand once and for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Director Ron Hardy's heartfelt, if somewhat tepid, adaptation of Michael Noonan's coming-of-age novel harks back to the days of the Australian New Wave, when films about isolation, loneliness and the existential dilemmas of life on an island continent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2007
While there's not much to the story, the gorgeous setting goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
December Boys is good, but not great; and as far as coming of age stories are concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 14, 2007
An engrossing Australian film about four orphans whose deep bonds of friendship are tested during a summer vacation in paradise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2007
With a strongly emotional tone, this low-key Australian coming-of-age drama is beautifully filmed and acted. Although it does lay on the nostalgia rather thickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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