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While not quite having the impact of its original stage version, The History Boys nevertheless is a witty and involving school drama. Read critic reviews

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An unorthodox teacher (Stephen Campbell Moore) and his colleagues (Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour) at a British grammar school try to prepare gifted young charges for the upcoming Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. The students absorb the facts and figures thrown at them by academia, and in the process, they also learn a little about life.

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • If you like your British movies quick, raunchy, reflective, and bittersweet, then The History Boys is for you.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Taking a production pretty much intact from stage to screen robs it of its surprises. The cast seems to know what's coming, and so do we. There's not a single moment where you sense 'discovery' taking place.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • A funny thing happened to The History Boys on the way to the screen. The players are the same, the dialogue is pretty much identical, but the vibrancy of the play -- its exhilarating immediacy -- has been muted.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film becomes a sermonette on tolerance. But with its one-sidedness, it fails to practice what it preaches.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 14, 2012
    Entertaining and humorous yet thought-provoking film with a wonderful cast and a brilliant soundtrack. Probably as far removed from reality as I am from Mars, but I don't mind.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2011
    No big deal, but not bad also. Richard Griffiths did a very good job. The end is quite good.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2010
    I liked it better as The Dead Poets Society! This movie feels like an English transformation of The Dead Poets Society but at the end I do not want to stand on my desk a say, "Oh Captain, My Captain". It is not a pain or a bore to watch, but it just did not feel original.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2010
    Though the film lacks a central, driving conflict - a problem that we eagerly wait to be resolved - and its foray into a quickly abandoned sex scandal distracts from the best parts of the film, it is nevertheless an absolute pleasure to watch. The main characters are unflaggingly committed to the pleasures of the intellectual life, and the film replaces devotion of the "saving" teacher with a meditation on the question of intellect's usefulness. Headlined by Richard Griffiths's amazing performance, the cast is quite strong. This is surely a film to "pass on."
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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