The Boy 2015

The Boy

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A 9-year-old sociopath becomes increasingly fascinated with death.

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Rainn Wilson
William Colby
Jared Breeze
Ted Henley
Brian Arnott
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Noah Greenberg
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Brent A. Johnson
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Douglas Brown
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Andrés Calderón
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Critic Reviews for The Boy

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7)

  • Mr. Macneill and his co-screenwriter, Clay McLeod Chapman, have developed a feature stunning to behold if somewhat unpersuasive in narrative.

    August 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The film feels overly long, and while lingering shots of the mountain scenery do help convey the isolation of the deserted motel, too many of them feel repetitive.

    August 18, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • While the score goes out of its way to make his every action feel sinister, the picture doesn't fulfill its horrific potential until the third act.

    August 12, 2015 | Full Review…
  • While it's admirable that director Macneill and his co-scripter Clay McLeod Chapman opted to emphasize mood and psychology over the story's more exploitable elements, it nonetheless results in a listless tedium.

    August 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The scariest aspect of "The Boy" is the extent to which Macneill makes it possible to sympathize with the troubled protagonist -- even as its haunting final shot hints at the horrors yet to come.

    August 10, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • A 9-year-old sociopath stubbornly fails to become scary in this stillborn thriller.

    August 10, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Apr 26, 2016
    As innocuous as its title, it is awfully directed and edited, poorly paced and hugely incompetent in whatever it is trying to do as it fails to portray the kid's evolution into a psychopath (he comes off as just annoying), and it is only not a complete disaster because of its forceful ending.
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