The Boy Reviews

November 2, 2018
With how slow the film is, and the fact that all the action only really occurs within the last 15 minutes of the film (and even then it isn't that action packed), I would say this film is definitely not for everyone.
January 6, 2016
A thoughtful story that is as touching as it is unnerving, The Boy is an unflinching & powerfully poetic examination of the human psyche that never passes judgment on its titular character, even after he's unleashed his inner lunatic on the world.
November 6, 2015
An austere and chilling portrait of America's abandoned margins, The Boy is a slow-burner that builds and builds to its climactic conflagration, and offers a dark, disturbing flipside to Richard Linklater's Boyhood (2014).
September 16, 2015
It succeeds in conveying the dark edge of an effective thriller, but it lacks the human sentiment -- the poignancy, the devastation -- that would've made it soar above less heady genre fare.
September 11, 2015
It makes no bones about the fact that there is something critically broken in Ted. The question for the audience is whether it is nature, nurture, or a mixture of both.
September 1, 2015
Not since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer has a movie gotten inside the head of a killer with such cold-blooded artistry.
August 28, 2015
The Boy is a very slow burn, one that successfully works to the narrative at hand, but isn't particularly enjoyable to watch.
August 21, 2015
Chapman and Macneill have a truly chilling character whose evolution will be both fascinating and frightening to watch unfold.
August 20, 2015
Mr. Macneill and his co-screenwriter, Clay McLeod Chapman, have developed a feature stunning to behold if somewhat unpersuasive in narrative.
August 10, 2015
The Boy's most disturbing facet is the possibilities it imagines.
August 10, 2015
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
The Boy burrowed under my skin in a big way.
August 10, 2015
By the time the film goes out in a blazing inferno of hell-raising loneliness and tops itself off with the best final line-to-credit song combo since Killer Joe, The Boy has reached a point of stupid fun.
August 8, 2015
A memory lane roach motel melancholy lapse into Greed Decade doom not unlike now, as this bad boy veers in a slowly simmering, psychologically dense portrait, between victim and villain. While toying with audience senses, and his chosen targets as well.