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December Boys Reviews

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August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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...
September 28, 2007
Particularly for Radcliffe fans, it's an agreeable journey.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2007
...it's hard to argue with the movie's general good spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 23, 2007
"December Boys" is a minor ensemble melodrama that succeeds for the heartfelt efforts of its ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 21, 2007
Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told.
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
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 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
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2007
[A] tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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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