The Boy Reviews

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 18, 2015
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 12, 2015
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 10, 2015
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
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
A 9-year-old sociopath stubbornly fails to become scary in this stillborn thriller.