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This Boy's Life Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
June 3, 2008
Nicely acted but excessively bland.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Apparently left by director Michael Caton-Jones to his own devices, De Niro's familiar, tight-lipped intensity is entertaining and watchable. But in this Boy's Life Magazine context, it hovers close to cartoonlike.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
An indisputably great actor is inching toward the black hole of self-parody.
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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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
By the movie's final blow-out, the tension has become almost unbearable though it's less from curiosity about what will happen to the characters than a feeling that you just can't abide watching such abuse a minute longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This Boy's Life is a pencil sketch that pretends to be a full-blown oil painting.
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, This Boy's Life is effective because we get to know the characters, understand their circumstances, and empathize with their dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 10, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
De Niro does great work here. Highly underrated flick.
| 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
Rebecca Murray
April 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
March 24, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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
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