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This Boy's Life Reviews

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Nick Rogers
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

TV Guide
February 8, 2010
This is powerful and moving stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
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
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Todd McCarthy
June 3, 2008
Nicely acted but excessively bland.
Emanuel Levy
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 21, 2005
Well acted, but bleak and slow-moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
De Niro does great work here. Highly underrated flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 24, 2005
Outstanding performances from DeNiro and Di Caprio in a tough, lyrical drama
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 24, 2003
a compelling character study that is well worth watching just for Dicaprio's performance
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 21, 2003
This Boy's Life shows how a resilient teenager survives childhood trauma and adversity through independence, anger and creativity..
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
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
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
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
Clint Morris
April 27, 2003
A powerful, moving picture....Di Caprio and De Niro are a solid combination
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Involving, but not finally effective
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Caton-Jones has an extraordinary find in Leonardo DiCaprio, the 17-year-old newcomer who plays Toby with just the right mixture of ingenuous sweetness and simmering anger.
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