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Boy Erased Reviews

February 8, 2019
The whole endeavour sits meekly in the shadow of last year's brilliant conversion-camp drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 7, 2019
Boy Erased could have been more sharply etched, all told - there's something naggingly indistinct about it. But the lessons of Conley's experience fight manfully, all the same, to punch through and be counted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2019
Worthy theme and willing creators. But for whatever reason, Boy Erased never rubs its story potential the right way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2019
An open, generous performance from Lucas Hedges carries this earnestly intended movie from writer-director Joel Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2019
It has some strong elements, most notably Hedges' deeply layered and very subtle portrayal of the tormented Jared... It is a pity, though, that Boy Erased doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 9, 2018
"Boy Erased" has its heart in the right place in exposing these supposed treatment centers. But where it should light a fire, it barely musters any smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 9, 2018
If you know someone who is thinking of putting their kid though one of these programs, buy them a ticket. If not, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
November 9, 2018
It's a slow build to a Lord of the Flies scenario and a predictably tragic climax with a touch of gothic horror but everything else about the film is imbued with such restraint that it's all too believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 9, 2018
To its great credit, "Boy Erased" never reduces Jared's parents to monolithic, backwards-thinking caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2018
Edgerton proves an incisive filmmaker. Every beat has weight. Every close-up registers. He values silence - he trusts you to feel things along with his characters.
November 8, 2018
Although Boy Erased depicts a series of injustices, its ultimate message is one of the hope and optimism that can accompany acceptance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
The film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 8, 2018
Kidman delivers a delicate and nuanced performance as usual, while Edgerton's take on the manipulative head therapist is disturbingly accurate.
November 8, 2018
A sensitive and beautifully acted adaptation of Garrard Conley's memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
The movie is effective but detached in a way difficult to pinpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2018
Though the film works hard at extending kindness and understanding - even Edgerton's villainous character is ultimately presented as a lost victim - it's difficult to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2018
As a director, Edgerton's strength is his economy. He doesn't reach for the florid or the melodramatic, even when opportunity arises. Instead, his approach is quiet and encompassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2018
It's well-meaning and finely crafted, yet short on surprises, either narrative or emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2018
Edgerton mostly steers his tale away from its more obvious dimensions (an early rape scene is a regrettable exception), focusing more on the confusion of decent people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2018
What seems clear is that Boy Eased -- far from disappearing -- is one of those meticulously crafted films imbued with the kind of quiet power that can, and should, truly leave a mark.
Top Critic
November 2, 2018
The no-fuss directness, no-frills honesty and deeply committed talent and conviction of 22-year-old Lucas Hedges infuses Boy Erased with a passion and decency it might lack without him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2018
However imperfect, Edgerton's film aims to intimately speak with parents like them and, who knows, perhaps to even change their hearts for the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
An affecting, not-quite-hard-hitting story that ultimately touches the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
"Boy Erased" is a sobering, justly infuriating movie, but its own convenient elisions keep catharsis at bay.
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November 1, 2018
Boy Erased... smoothly handles the tonal shifts between absurd and sinister as the film slides between Jared's past and present struggles.
November 1, 2018
Boy Erased feels mostly honorable and fit for its mantle.
November 1, 2018
Even centered on something born of such hatred, the film still places love and redemption at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2018
"Boy Erased" tries to be more than a simple culture-war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure...
October 31, 2018
Comprised of some strong scenes, some flashy scenes, and some scenes that are just scenes.
October 31, 2018
Proving again that he's one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2018
"Boy Erased" is a low-key film, not especially dramatic or ambitious, but dedicated to showing how people think and can sometimes change. Within its small scope, it's a positive achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2018
If there is even one confused kid - or mother or father - who sees Boy Erased and gains an extra ounce of understanding as a result, then it will have done a real service.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 29, 2018
The impression of an identity warped and obscured by external forces is true to the film's evocative title. But a sense of flesh-and-blood being is missing somehow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 29, 2018
It's done with such evident love and sensitivity that it's hard to imagine a human being not connecting in some way, and perhaps even learning something along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2018
Edgerton has a lot to say with Boy Erased; it's a virtuous film. But Hedges is the movie's heartbeat.
September 12, 2018
As a PSA it surely has a necessity and it's undoubtedly well-intentioned but as film with its heart in the right place, I just wish its heart was beating a bit louder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2018
Instead of just tickling your tear ducts, the vindictive physicality of conversion therapy coupled with Edgerton and Hedges' confidence and resolve throws a sucker punch that leaves an aftertaste of necessity, rather than sentimentality.
September 11, 2018
Boy Erased resonates exactly because it treats everyone as a human being, complex and impossible to reduce to binaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2018
Too much of Boy Erased goes through the motions, and leaves us wanting to connect with Jared in ways the movie is unable to provide.
September 7, 2018
The film is all the more powerful for its grounding in fact. How powerful? Sufficiently, during most of its length, and extremely during several eruptions of searing drama.
September 4, 2018
"Boy Erased" is a good movie and also an important one, one that might save lives if enough young people find their way to it.
September 1, 2018
While Edgerton's fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalizing his characters... "Boy Erased" regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 1, 2018
[A] heart-rending drama.
September 1, 2018
Edgerton shows an admirable sense of restraint, even when hitting all the usual beats.