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This Boy's Life Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 3, 2008
Nicely acted but excessively bland.
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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.
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
An indisputably great actor is inching toward the black hole of self-parody.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It is an affecting teen melodrama haunted by twisted treehouse memories.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: C