The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Reviews

March 13, 2019
This is a promising debut from Ejiofor - and further proof of Netflix's willingness to invest in stories which other studios might deem less commercially viable.
March 1, 2019
Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about.
March 1, 2019
It builds realism and context into both sides of that story and manages to be a winning adaptation as a result.
February 28, 2019
The film remains too mannered for its own good; it's unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum.
February 28, 2019
"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" - feeds our hunger for inspiring tales in these desperate times with a beautifully engineered narrative latticework of hardship, hope, and know-how.
February 28, 2019
When the triumphs of the human, agricultural and engineering spirits arrive, they work. It's moving, and it's earned. Ejiofor is off and running as a director.
February 28, 2019
Though hobbled by an obviousness that dampens any suspense, this sensitive, environmentally concerned movie is most successful when steeped in the particularities of its location.
February 28, 2019
Exhibiting a dexterity that suggests far more extensive directorial experience, Ejiofor proves himself a master of impact. His visual approach is expansive and evocative, thanks also to the fine work of cinematographer Dick Pope.
February 27, 2019
While "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," which Ejiofor wrote based on the bestselling memoir by Kamkwaba and Bryan Mealer, is thoroughly predictable and holds few stylistic surprises, it maintains interest thanks to the strength of the performances.
February 21, 2019
Ejiofor brings a real sensitivity and empathy to this material, as well as some bold, fluent storytelling.
February 15, 2019
Little touches like these announce that Ejiofor, probably best known for 12 Years a Slave, is a natural film-maker. As screenwriter too, he crafts lovely lines.
January 27, 2019
Competently mounted yet plodding, it's manifestly a labor of love that becomes a bit of a labor to watch.
January 27, 2019
As inspiring and morally upright as you'd expect from a film with such rousing source material drawn from real life.
January 26, 2019
Ejiofor's compassionate script, adapted from William's 2009 memoir, is finely attuned to the cold realities that confront its warm characters.
January 26, 2019
It's a conventional film in many ways but one that slowly and effectively builds to a remarkably rousing climax, displaying an act of overwhelming ingenuity that's hard to deny.
January 26, 2019
Made with the intelligence and good taste one expects from Ejiofor, the involving film cares about much more than the sweeping images of triumph with which it inevitably closes.