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This Boy's Life Reviews

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February 13, 2018
The beauty of This Boy's Life is in the details: this meticulously observed story gets the look of the late '50s down pat and, more important, captures the dissonance between the era's ideals of nuclear-family life and painfully deracinated reality.
May 5, 2013
The film demands ominous electricity between Dwight and Toby, the latter of whom endures various and sundry humiliation and harm at the former's hands. And there are times when DiCaprio doesn't just go toe-to-toe with De Niro but feels just as tall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 8, 2010
This is powerful and moving stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2010
Something more subtle is going on in Wolff's book, a confrontation with a richer, quirkier past and his emerging self that the movie too often brushes aside.
February 8, 2010
The leads work overtime to make their characters and their relationships pungent, believable, and moving.
February 8, 2010
De Niro and Birkin are reliable in this atmospheric drama, but it's DiCaprio who really shines.
February 8, 2010
A young DiCaprio steals the show in this tale of learning how to be a man, with a sly De Niro also giving a good performance, but with a plot that drags on too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2008
Nicely acted but excessively bland.
December 31, 2006
A powerful if familiar family melodrama with a bravura performance from newcomer Leonardo DiCaprio, who's bound to become a major actor in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2006
It's a rites-of-passage drama with the kind of period small-town setting that the director is making his own.
June 21, 2005
Well acted, but bleak and slow-moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2005
De Niro does great work here. Highly underrated flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2005
Outstanding performances from DeNiro and Di Caprio in a tough, lyrical drama
| Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2003
a compelling character study that is well worth watching just for Dicaprio's performance
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 21, 2003
This Boy's Life shows how a resilient teenager survives childhood trauma and adversity through independence, anger and creativity..
May 20, 2003
This Boy's Life is so steeped in period detail (music, cars, television shows, hair styles) that Toby and Caroline's sad, bumbling search for freedom seems secondary, almost impolite to the decor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2003
DiCaprio goes toe-to-toe with De Niro, though his spectacular efforts here continue to be overshadowed by his Oscar-baiting in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2003
Leonardo DiCaprio, in his first major role, stole this movie right out from under Robert DeNiro's feet. A great coming-of-age tale based on a very good book.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2003
A powerful, moving picture....Di Caprio and De Niro are a solid combination
| Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2002
Involving, but not finally effective
| Original Score: 3/5
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