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December 29, 2018
Well built, strong but not pathetic, realistic and fair. Do not miss it
December 16, 2018
Fantastic acting, incredibly emotional.
November 24, 2018
Compelling and interesting family drama.
April 9, 2018
the film debut for Leonardo DiCaprio
at such a young age he's so incredible playing the real life figure of Tobias Wolffe
this is a movie about starting over, surviving abuse and neglect, and escaping to a better life
Robert Deniro and Ellen Barkin are just as magnificent, too
Toby and his mother have had a rough life with her being so many men that were monsters, her newest boyfriend, Dwight seems perfect but slowly his rage and physical violent aggression starts to show its ugly face
Toby's mom says they have to learn to appreciate the good stuff since she's hit a brick wall and can't run away anymore
yet Toby wants to get out of the town of Concrete since he feels like an alien worried that if he stays he'll die knowing he didn't do enough with himself
the scenery is lovely, the music is soothing, the actors have some heavy but weighty material, and shows how much someone can handle putting up with so much
the 1950's setting with the youth culture helps the mood as well
Toby is another one of those youthful rebels begging to be heard and to matter
this is a moving film and an excellent start for DiCaprio to show how much talent he has as a performer
½ November 26, 2017
Frankly still astounded that Leo got to work with such high-profile actors so early in his career although it pained me deeply to watch him in pain. :'( (tear)
½ October 28, 2017
leo showing just what we all had to look forward to
½ October 4, 2017
The movie itself was very well made, but I could not overlook the fact that Tobias Wolff seemed like a world class douche. He was an extremely hard character to like and I didn't really feel for him. Not saying De Niro's character wasn't a jerk too but I really didn't feel bad for Wolff. DiCaprio and especially De Niro do great work here
June 30, 2017
It's a solid movie, but a tale I feel like has been told many times before. The only curiousity I had was how it was going to play out.
½ February 22, 2017
An old movie with such substance and depth based on a true story. Excellent played by the young Leonardo Di Caprio and one of the greatest actor Robert De Niro.
August 9, 2016
True story about the life of Tobias Wolf, who in his teens moves with his mom and new step dad to rural Oregon, where his new family awaits. The teen is soon surprised to learn that his new home has strict discipline enforced by his new stepfather and will soon endure physical and verbal abuse by the hands of his stepfather as well. DeNiro is remarkable as the arrogant breadwinner and DiCaprio (in his first featured role) is equally mesmerizing as he portrays a young man, although troubled, is genuine and frightened of his new lifestyle, This drama is no classic by any means but it is a compelling biopic.
August 4, 2016
DiCaprio, De Niro and Barkin are all three giving the performances of their lives in this drama filled story about a single mother and her son strolling through an abusing nature of life, of course all given by the legendary Robert De Niro. Take it from me, if you haven't seen this movie, please, do us all a favor, including myself, SEE THIS ONE.
½ July 16, 2016
Love This movie. Ellen Barkin is gorgeous, sexy, (I usually don't use that word for women since I am one), but she is that and much more. So under rated.
One of the BEST Actresses, besides her perfect looks. Am turned off by most Liberal Hollywood, to the degree that I have boycotted most of them. But if the movie is as good as this one I might give in and watch again! Trump2016
June 11, 2016
Un primerizo Di Caprio en un drama madre-hijo sin desperdicio . sobre el como sobrellevar la pubertad y la adolescencia bajo la sombra de un padrastro republicano, abusivo y castrante. De Niro tambien hace un buen trabajo, e intenten localizar a Tobey "SpiderMan" Maguire.
January 17, 2016
Starts off pretty strong, but eventually gets a little tired. You've got the trope 1950's promiscuous, single mom who goes from one terrible boyfriend to the next. The dead beat step dad and the reckless bad kid. It's all really well acted and all. But I'll probably never watch it again. Maybe if you grew up in that era or in a home like that you can relate more, but I can only watch so many movies that like to paint the 50's and 60's like this.
½ October 7, 2015
really good film, leo has always been such a good actor
½ May 19, 2015
A very cute film with a star making performance in one of DiCaprio's first leading roles. Ellen Barkin is wonderful and shows what an underused talent she is these days. De Niro is remarkable in this, one of his best performances from a movie in the last 20 years. Great writing, costumes, and hair design.
April 15, 2015
Not too bad. I mean it kept me watching and the acting was excellent. De Niro was a dick and DiCaprio was sympathetic.
January 30, 2015
What a bummer of a movie. The movie should be called adults that make stupid decisions and some bratty kids.
December 9, 2014
So great. I'm really glad we could see DiCaprio and De Niro pairing up to produce one hell of a movie. The book by Tobias Wolff is an awesome real-life experience, also.
August 11, 2014
slow, but great acting job by deniro. you can kinda see Leo's acting chops start to develop
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