Boy A
Boy A (2007)

A man looking to shed his former identity in order to move beyond his traumatic past discovers that the past and the future are inexorably linked in director John Crowley's feature adaptation of a novel by author Jonathan Trigell. Terry… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Small in scale but large in impact, Boy A's career making performances (particularly that by star Andrew Garfield) and carefully crafted characters defy judgment and aggressively provoke debate.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It makes us feel sympathy for the devil.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Andrew Garfield nailed an assignment many actors would avoid or, worse, botch in "Boy A" - embody a grown, traumatized man experiencing emotional honesty, transparent kindness, sexual intimacy and genuine appreciation from others for the first time.

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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director John Crowley, a veteran Irish theater director now working in film, is deliberate with every last element of his film.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Crowley gets a remarkable performance from Andrew Garfield: his Jack is a person who carries guilt with him even when he is trying to override it.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The material is thought-provoking and features some very good performances.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail

Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Boy A is one of those rare movies that takes the idea of rehabilitation seriously. In the end, it may present a worst-case scenario, but it does so with unusual depth and conviction.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The limits of redemption and forgiveness get challenged ruthlessly in this haunting drama...

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This film does everything that you wish a film would do. It takes the dark past of a murderer, turns him into a likeable character and makes you feel for him… More
Shawn Ewing
A very interesting film where the director plays on the sympathy and likeness to character who has the past of a murderer. The idea of giving people a second… More
Carlos Magalh„es
At first a thought-provoking film about guilt, atonement and the right to start over as a new person. It relies on an excellent performance by Andrew Garfield,… More
Aditya Gokhale
Based on British author Jonathan Trigell's debut novel, "Boy A", Irish director John Crowley's 2007 film "Boy A" tells a rather… More
Idrees Khan
Loved it
Thomas Johnston
"Boy A" is one of the best movies you never heard of! I was left breathless! "Boy A" challenges the viewer to see the person more so than… More

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