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The Boy (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Boy could have gone in any number of scary or interesting directions, but instead settles for usual jump scares scattered throughout a pedestrian plot.

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The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead"). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta's worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

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Rupert Evans
as Malcolm
Jim Norton
as Mr. Heelshire
Diana Hardcastle
as Mrs. Heelshire
Jett Klyne
as Brahms (Child)
Lily Pater
as Emily Cribbs
Matthew Walker
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Boy

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (8)

There's only so much she can do once the movie around her devolves into the usual barrage of jump scares, but Cohan maintains her composure even as Greta loses hers.

January 25, 2016 | Full Review…

[It] aims to set itself squarely in the fictional canon of Chucky and its brethren, but it ends up trying to do so much that it forgets to scare us.

January 25, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

"The Boy" didn't screen for critics, but it's actually a pretty sturdy genre effort. Nearly free of gore... [the film] is careful and clever about revealing what Brahms really is, for he's certainly got a mind and will of his own.

January 23, 2016 | Rating: 70/100 | Full Review…
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It's awkward and strange but never shamelessly over-the-top enough to serve as a guilty pleasure.

January 23, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It ... has enough scary moments to satisfy horror fans, but you're left wondering whether it might have been more disturbing had it stayed on its original path.

January 23, 2016 | Full Review…

If only writer Stacey Menear and director William Brent Bell took the very real horrors of domestic abuse as seriously as they do the virtual horror of paranormal activity.

January 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boy

The premise is creepy enough and could have been made into something much better than this stupid horror movie that is so banal, poorly written (the character's motivations are laughable) and full of clichés (does anyone still get scared by those cheap dream scares?)

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


All-to-typical cousin of Chucky and Talking Tina, and The Haunting, and Psycho. Oy. Coulda used some better writing. Coulda done some little reaching, but no. Played it safe. A horror film that plays it safe = Ho hum.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The scares are overshadowed by the weak storyline and flakey acting.

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