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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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.
[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.
"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.
It's awkward and strange but never shamelessly over-the-top enough to serve as a guilty pleasure.
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.
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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?)
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.
The scares are overshadowed by the weak storyline and flakey acting.
The Boy Quotes
|Greta:||You wouldn't hurt me, would you Brahms?|
|Greta:||You couldn't have warned me?|
|Malcolm:||And ruin the surprise?|
|Mr. Heelshire:||Be good to him and he will be good to you.|
|Mrs. Heelshire:||Music gives him so much joy.|