Little Boy Reviews

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November 10, 2015
The movie seems utterly and sincerely well-intentioned -- which is why what happens in it is so jaw-dropping.
April 24, 2015
Despite boasting several important moral lessons, the period piece is more artificial than a polyester teddy bear stuffed with Splenda and Cheez Whiz - and about as appealing
April 24, 2015
It's meant to be a tale of uplift for faith-based audiences, but instead wears viewers down with a heavy-handed narrative, an overbearing score and voiceover that spells out everything in cringe-inducing, folksy tones.
April 23, 2015
Tolerance, World War II history and faith are served up with a sticky sentimental gloss in the family film "Little Boy."
April 23, 2015
A movie that has the haranguing inspirational tone of a marathon Sunday-school lesson.
April 23, 2015
I just wish the filmmakers didn't feel like they had to hit us over the head with all the moral pontificating to get their point across.
April 23, 2015
"Little Boy" is a as phony as a game of three-card monte.
April 23, 2015
"Little Boy" answers a question most tear-jerkers wouldn't have the nerve to ask: Can the bombing of Hiroshima be manipulated narratively, if briefly, into a position of warming our hearts? The answer is no.
April 23, 2015
This is an ersatz version of the '40s based on other movies' ersatz versions, a Candyland-colored world seen from a child's point of view if that child was a 30-ish filmmaker.
April 23, 2015
One of the most insightful films about religion since the 1977 comedy "Oh, God!," which also wrangled with personal beliefs and unprovable truths.
April 23, 2015
It will likely appeal to the faithful, but that's as far as it goes.
April 23, 2015
Emily Watson plays the boy's mother and Tom Wilkinson turns up as a gentle parish priest, so this must have looked better on paper than it does onscreen.
April 23, 2015
The film has a good cast, and is competently made in a plain-vanilla way, but its greatest appeal will be to those who share its endorsement of traditional religious values.
April 23, 2015
It takes no genius to guess where this story is going, but whatever dramatic validity the movie had is lost in the have-your-cake-and-eat-it finale. It's a jaw-dropper.
Top Critic
April 23, 2015
"Believe the impossible," the tagline commands. It's a promise this shameless film has no intention of breaking.
April 22, 2015
Instead of being rated PG-13, this one should be slapped with the label PG-65, because it's hard to imagine anyone younger than that getting caught up in this earnest, obvious fable.
April 22, 2015
Somewhere amid the storytelling rubble in "Little Boy" there's a decent message against racial prejudice. But it's suffocated beneath a hokey premise and hopelessly square execution.
Top Critic
April 22, 2015
This movie could make you pre-diabetic. That's an observation, not a criticism.
April 22, 2015
[A] cynical, poisonous, deeply stupid film ...
April 20, 2015
The problem here isn't theological; even if it were in service of a different message entirely, the sheer gracelessness of Monteverde's storytelling would be a massive turnoff.
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