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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.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
June 3, 2008
Nicely acted but excessively bland.
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.
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 12, 2001
An indisputably great actor is inching toward the black hole of self-parody.
January 1, 2000
It is an affecting teen melodrama haunted by twisted treehouse memories.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
The movie is very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C