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The Only Living Boy in New York Reviews

October 11, 2017
The film itself looks great and its richly burnished vision of the city is blessedly Trump-free. Indulgent it may be but nostalgia does have its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2017
Like the Paul Simon song it pulls its title from, you've heard it too many times before and the ardour just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2017
If this is New York's "Only Living Boy," the city's in more trouble than its characters are even aware.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 24, 2017
A stylish drama that assumes a reasonable amount of gray matter on the part of the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2017
"The Only Living Boy in New York" is not nearly as cute as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 17, 2017
[Pierce] Brosnan is especially good: he's been chasing critical respect ever since he signed off as James Bond.
August 17, 2017
The major culprit in the picture is screenwriter Allan Loeb (Here Comes the Boom, Collateral Beauty) a once and future Happy Madison gagman who wants nothing more than to be the next Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 17, 2017
No one is more irritating than the person eager to tell you that things aren't as good as they used to be - except for the person who wasn't around during that supposed golden age to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 17, 2017
Think of "Boy" as a Bridges highlight reel and Gotham travelogue, instead of precious coming-of-age story, and it's not half bad. But it isn't, so it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2017
[A] twee, turgid drama set in an uptown fantasyland version of Manhattan.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 11, 2017
Wants to be a short story by Cheever or Updike or Roth but can't help but being what it inescapably is, an impotent cry of 'Yes I Can Do Literary' from a screenwriter whose idea of literary has been permanently Hollywoodized.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 11, 2017
Not even an A-list cast can turn this coming-of-age misfire-a total misreading of The Graduate from screenwriter Allan Loeb- into anything more than a losing battle against tin-eared dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 11, 2017
This isn't a picture, it's a pose, in a constant competition with itself to drop another literary reference ... But all it can do, like some over-eager freshman, is trot out a quote -- it doesn't understand what they really stood for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
August 10, 2017
If you liked Webb's enormously popular but, to this critic's mind, horribly pandering (500 Days) of Summer, you'll probably enjoy this too.
August 10, 2017
Everyone ... works hard to transcend the artifice, and they deserve better. So, for that matter, do Simon & Garfunkel.
August 10, 2017
"Only Living Boy" fails to convince as a character study, romance or love letter to the CBGB-era New York City.
August 10, 2017
Round about the third act, "The Only Living Boy in New York" veers wildly off whatever course it had been on, leaving the realm of the improbable for the preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 10, 2017
Thomas' romantic tribulations amount to him whining in gussied-up language about getting friend-zoned, and his view of New York is tedious boilerplate about how the gentrified city has lost its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 9, 2017
The boy is but a shell; it's the men and women around him who truly come to life in this chaotic, awkward, and sporadically moving film.
August 6, 2017
The Only Living Boy in New York is a dumb male fantasy that's dead on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 5, 2017
A wry tale that deserves to be seen.
August 5, 2017
It's quite a feat for a movie to deploy Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York" and somehow leave you cold.
August 4, 2017
Bad movie lovers focusing on directors will be missing out on the work of Allan Loeb, a writer who has, in the course of one year, delivered a trifecta of utterly artificial fake-deep dramas that are must-sees for connoisseurs of the cinema's best-worst.