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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.