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Boy Erased Reviews

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September 25, 2019
Boy Erased has noble intentions and a good heart, but it leaves nary an imprint. And, for a film with such inherently harrowing and emotionally charged subject matter, that is almost unforgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 4, 2019
Ultimately, Boy Erased misses too many of its own revelations...
February 12, 2019
Unfailingly maudlin, Joel Edgerton keeps a cool distance and, though elevated by sterling performances from its leads, this results in a glaring disconnect between his moral crusade and its tangible value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 22, 2018
Boy Erased seems to be little more than slightly insincere Oscar bait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 1, 2018
Takes a difficult subject - a teen's experience with gay conversion therapy - and turns it into a lulling, don't-rock-the-boat drama, devaluing the trauma of the subject matter with a monotonous and flatlined delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 25, 2018
There is a lot of well-meaning ignorance floating around this story, but ignorance is only well-meaning if it does more good than harm.
November 21, 2018
It's a drama that takes deep pleasure in watching its protagonist suffer, never really taking a single moment to explore his mental state unless it's being yelled at the audience or another character on screen.
October 30, 2018
There's nothing wrong with Jared. There's nothing wrong with this film, either. At the same time, Boy Erased never effectively connects to you in the emotional way it desperately wants to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2018
The film is perfunctory in all regards, but there is no fire or vitality in the proceedings. It feels sanitized and safe, as though the subject was important enough to justify washing the narrative clean of...challenging or confrontational elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 8, 2018
Edgerton is a fine director and actor, but his adaptive writing is bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 2, 2018
In the hands of sophomore director Joel Edgerton ... this search for healing is detrimentally willing to sacrifice what's real.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 29, 2018
Jared's story and the story of the 700,00 Americans who have undergone conversion therapy is worth telling, but here it's only half-told.
October 31, 2018
Boy Erased is not designed to be punishing or even uncomfortable to sit through. On the contrary, it seeks to flatter the audience at every turn, inviting you to join it in shaking your head in righteous faux-concern.
March 27, 2019
This boy may not have been erased, but he is certainly quite forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 19, 2018
I feel bad marking this rotten because the subject is so important, but the execution is just not there.
March 18, 2019
The film's attempt to humanize all parties lessens the power of the statement it's trying to make. It avoids the deeper implications of the abusive practice it's addressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
September 13, 2018
You can make out that the activities are insidious, and the actors do their best to convey shame and discomfort at being constantly humiliated. And yet I could not help but feel as though their true horror was being held back from me.
November 16, 2018
Boy Erased is a significant contribution to the body of American work on the need for inclusion and LGBTQ rights - and not the moral thriller it could also have been.
November 9, 2018
Though based on an inspirational true story, Edgerton's Boy Erased is too cluttered and unfocused to deliver either new insight or a good cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
April 8, 2019
A film that reduces an atrocious reality... to the premise of a tear-jerking story. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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