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October 27, 2015
Absolutely beautiful story. However the blues, melancholy and sadness shone throughout strong enough to give "Dream boy" more hopeful ending. Its very much in Caroline Smailes novels style.
December 24, 2014
A touching film based on a moving book, well worth a watch
½ September 12, 2013
Dream Boy couldn't seem to balance between the sweet and the sick, lacking depth on parts where it should have been, but it's still good albeit the questionable passion between the two leads.
January 12, 2013
I really loved the simplicity with which this movie unfolds a beautiful coming to age story. "Dream Boy" tells the story of Nathan, a new boy in town who falls for Roy, a school bus driver and student. Everything in this movie is very laid down, linear and simple. I loved the two main actors, the dialogues, the filming locations. Acting was really good, and I'd like to read the book this movie was inspired from.

I was surprised by this cute little movie. "Dream Boy" demonstrates how even the smallest movie can deliver a powerful, touching story. This one didn't move much from the starting point, but it delivers a very strong message, and it does that in a very beautiful way. I found the ending a little confusing, but in line with the rest of the movie. Many things are left unsaid and unexplained, but in this case I liked that. "Dream Boy" is a very peculiar, forgotten gem. Don't loose it.
December 19, 2012
Loved it quality acting!
June 7, 2012
Dream Boy is not like most LGTB films its premise is great then it gets better and better as the film unfolds in this love tragic mythical tale.

Dream Boy actors Stephan Benders, Maximillian Roeg do a outstanding performance from the beginning to the end, and they have a good chemistry and well they are both cute!
The dialogue between the two was great and the other actors added more spark to the film.

Overall a great tragic love tale that the ending I wasn't really to happy with it, instead it made me shed tears, but this is how the film is, and it kinda reminded me of Romeo & Juliet type of take.
½ August 22, 2011
Interesante drama sobre un tierno muchacho que se enamora de su vecino. Se conocen, empiezan una relacion (todo esto en un Lousiana, en los 70) y la esconden de la gente. Para esto el protagonista tiene problemas con su padre (quien abusa de el) y esto lo hace acercarse mas a su vecino, quien le reclama lo bueno que es en las artes amatorias, cuando se supone que solo ha estado con el... en fin, se llega un momento en que los dialogos son noveleros y la cinta pierde profundidad. Lo peor es al final, cuando la historia se va por el camino facil, lo cual en estas cintas es el suicidio o el asesinato. Bien actuada, pero con argumento debil.
½ March 19, 2011
"Dream Boy" refers to shy Nathan (Stephan Bender) and his love for Roy (Max Roeg). It's a deep affection since Nathan's family is transient and he suffers a dark secret. What starts off as a slow but affectionate film turns into a laughable ghost story. It's almost like sabotage.

The film takes time to explain the two boys so it feels autobiographical in the first half. The second half is like a writer's fantasy. Max Roeg as Roy is the best actor here (he resembles his mother Theresa Russell and his father is the director Nicolas Roeg). The movie doesn't explain the sexual child abuse which is a serious crime and whether the boy reported it or his mother has any knowledge. Too bad, it could have been a much better movie on coming of age in the South.
January 1, 2011
A coming of age story, nicely acted with some surprising plot twists and turns. It's not easy viewing at times but worth a look.
December 15, 2010
A clumsy, amateurish film that works almost in spite of itself. Though the plot is drenched in molasses until an unexpected, and unclear, third act, the film still manages a proper balance between genuine sweetness and menace that is affecting.
October 13, 2010
Before she becomes world known as the new Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara's first theatrical film role was in this small, independent drama. The film, Dream Boy, isn't that good. It has a wide array of themes it tries to deal with -- teen love, incest, religion, homosexuality, underage sex, abuse -- and it is too burdened by the sheer number that it is trying to tackle that is isn't overly successful as a film. The dialogue is horrible ("I'm good at math" or "I'm not so good at English") and eye roll worthy and it makes the film feel like a chore. There are plot problems here and there and some of it is downright unbelievable -- a senior at the local high school drives his OWN schoolbus to school every day (rrrright). Mara (The Social Network, the American-version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has LITTLE to do here other than hold her "boyfriend's" hand and kiss -- the role isn't much. The movie forces all of these issues upon its viewer and this keeps it from being effective. The glaring crucifix on the wall (in such an unlikely place) is so obviously in view that it is apparent the director wanted it to be a part of the scene(s). The film is forced and generic and Mara isn't enough of a draw for this one as she is hardly in it. Ugh -- skip it!
September 28, 2010
Es una bonita historia, que cuenta como un joven muy timido crea una relacion con otro joven muy popular, enfrentando asi sus problemas familiares y dejandose llevar por un amor ingenuo.
September 3, 2010
A model gay film. Loved the story. The ending was disrupt. couldn't understand the climax. But loved overall.
½ September 1, 2010
When you watch gay independent films, you always feel that you are walking on muddy waters because some movies may be simple, but good, whereas others can be simply awful. I was glad that ‚??Angel Boy‚?? was simple but engrossing. What makes this assessment even stranger is that the movie is very simple, with hardly any dialogue and very mediocre acting.

There are many things that work right for this movie, but perhaps the biggest factor that helps it is that it can stir a feeling of nostalgia among gay viewers as it makes you remember the days in which you first had that first love or first crush, the days in which life was somewhat simple and all you wanted to do was spend your time with the one person that made you unquestionably happy.

There are some very serious and dark tones in the movie, which adds more to the interesting plot and will surely keep you absorbed in the film from beginning to end. Not bad for an independent film with a tiny budget.
½ June 4, 2010
Dream Boy lacks sure, strong direction, but its talented cast mostly makes up for it. The two young leads perform their parts well, and the supporting cast is solid.

The main problem I have with Dream Boy is the shallowness of its central relationship. There is very little dialogue between Nathan (Stephan Bender) and Roy (Maximillian Roeg), so their relationship comes across as being all about the physical aspect. True, Roy offers to take Nathan to a movie, but we never see such a scene, and the way nearly every scene with the two of them ends up with passionate kissing and sex, it's hard to see any genuine emotion in the relationship. Further, the characters' motivations seem like cop-outs: abuse and (maybe) horniness. This problem, at least, is more or less handled by the end of the film, but not clearly enough. It seems somewhat cowardly for the film to rely on such explanations, though I do appreciate that it also adds to the drama and suspense of the film.

Aside from that gripe, Dream Boy is still a sweet romance. It just doesn't have the depths you might hope for.
April 13, 2010
One of my favorite movies is 'Black Widow', which stars favorite actor Debra Winger--and Theresa Russell, mother of Max Roeg, the star of this movie. He is the reason to see this film, a gay teen romance mash-up with Southern Gothic and a dash of post-murder magic realism. The cliche climax is set in a maybe-haunted plantation house. Max Roeg is attractive physically and emotionally, delivers his lines convincingly, has great hair--and gives off some of his mother's appealing feral quality. Diana Scarwid and Ricky Lee Jones are good in small roles. The movie otherwise manages to be both over- and under-acted, a feat I would have thought hard to bring off, but this film achieves it. Particularly terrible: the other male ingenue and the actor who plays his sexually-abusive-when-drunk father.
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