Handsome Devil Reviews

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June 1, 2017
"Handsome Devil" studies formulaic coming-of-age movies a little too closely.
June 1, 2017
The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.
June 1, 2017
Although the film can feel a bit been-there-seen-that, this earnest, well-drawn tale ultimately proves distinct and winning enough to warrant a look.
May 31, 2017
The flick teeters between feel-good message movie and a burlesque of gay panic ...
April 28, 2017
Some comic moments, but no surprises, and a twee ending.
April 27, 2017
It's a decent movie, though sometimes becomes a bit sugary, and it's not clear if the comedy is supposed to be rooted in realistic observation or sentimental feelgoodery.
February 3, 2019
Writer/director John Butler has crafted a feel good film that overcomes a fairly predictable plot with winning performances.
November 11, 2018
It is without a doubt one of the feel good films of the year.
August 21, 2018
Get back to me when you're ready to move beyond middling after-school specials like "Handsome Devil," MiFo peeps. There's still some growing up left to do.
October 24, 2017
... "Handsome Devil" is a lively gay romance, even though it isn't all that romantic.
August 15, 2017
It's a premise we've seen dozens of times before, in a variety of guises, but writer-director John Butler injects his own highly personal take with lashings of Irish humour and a gutsy helping of genuine heart and emotion.
August 15, 2017
Using music to define gay experience in a prep school setting makes Handsome Devil a queer version of Wes Anderson's Rushmore.
August 7, 2017
Handsome Devil is an affable picture, but it's a few nips and tucks away from being great.
July 20, 2017
A sharply written film, with bold central characters and some surprisingly strong emotional moments
June 30, 2017
Although it adheres to many movie tropes, from the inspirational teacher to the pivotal school concert and final triumphant sport match, it breaks the mould, too.
June 13, 2017
Insightful Irish coming-of-age drama: gay themes; cursing.
June 9, 2017
Irish adolescent coming-of-age tale is undone by a basic lack of freshness and haphazard direction and script.
June 2, 2017
An endearing cast of characters [are] able to charm their way out of the stereotypical boxes dictating their purpose to the story.
June 1, 2017
There are at least two characters whose stories are more promising than the main character of Handsome Devil.
June 1, 2017
A warm blanket of a film that manages to tackle sexuality and homophobia with a surprisingly light, but not ineffectual, tone.
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