The History Boys Reviews

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November 17, 2011
November 20, 2008
The History Boys is much less about lighting and composition than it is about Bennett's sharp, insightful script.
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 2006
The final delight of The History Boys is realizing that these charming young actors... will now graduate to new things.
December 23, 2006
The dialogue in Bennett's script is more riveting than the situational developments.
December 22, 2006
Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George and The Crucible) adapts Alan Bennett's hit play with the entire stage cast reprising their roles, and leans heavily on Bennett's sharp-witted dialogue and the school performances.
December 22, 2006
It forces you to think about complicated issues while still being witty and engaging. You can't even say that about most teachers, let alone most movies.
December 22, 2006
Character actor [Richard] Griffiths ensures that the film is watchable enough.
December 22, 2006
Lust, love, death and homosexuality (an inevitable topic in British school pictures) each hold the verbal field awhile, but most of the discussion centers around the nature and value of learning.
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