The History Boys Reviews

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November 17, 2011
July 6, 2010
The play's the thing -- the only thing -- here
April 15, 2009
In attempting to absolve the perverse actions of a teacher on the basis of his apparent tutoring skills, Alan Bennett has created a dubious work of fiction that is beyond empathy or humor.
November 20, 2008
The History Boys is much less about lighting and composition than it is about Bennett's sharp, insightful script.
December 19, 2007
The transfer from stage to film doesn't always go smoothly, as it's hard to shake the film's theater roots.
September 2, 2007
Movies, unlike plays, tend to be just about a very few things, or they feel rushed and overly sweeping, as this one occasionally did. Plays can linger and chew on their themes and keep the audience engaged much more easily.
May 1, 2007
With the writing way above board and insights fueling the story forward with heart and bawdy comedy, "The History Boys" is amiably off-center, sure, but it finds its core and leaves its mark.
April 28, 2007
A hugely enjoyable outing of subtle humour, witty words and a keen insight into human nature and the art of learning.
April 23, 2007
[History Boys] is most potently about the love of teaching, and how the best teachers can help give meaning to existence; and if not meaning in the grand sense, at least an appreciation of what it means to be human.
March 16, 2007
What lifts this film above the average is the extremely clever, erudite and witty dialogue.
March 9, 2007
.. gentle and sweet, ..all the more charming for its faith in its presumptive audience. It's heartening to come across a popular entertainment ...not pitched at the dull normal demographic.
February 3, 2007
January 24, 2007
refreshing--a film that doesn't insult the audience's intelligence
January 17, 2007
I was sad when school let out. The characters are so rich I wanted to spend more time with them.
January 2, 2007
It's too bad that the film loses its way because The History Boys asks some interesting questions about what to learn and how to use it.
December 30, 2006
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December 28, 2006
In the world of movies, it's a rare treat to find anything as sophisticated and witty as Alan Bennett's screenplay.
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