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Based on 38 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film. It helps also that newcomer Hoult is that rare child actor who mercifully underplays the pathos of his role. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In addition to being a smart comedy and an excellent showcase for Grant, it's an honest movie about childhood that avoids sappiness and sentiment and goes in unexpected directions. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film is a sharp, funny, touching tale. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A comedy hit, but its secret is that it delves deeper than the usual summer fare. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    We have all the action heroes and Method script-chewers we need right now, but the Cary Grant department is understaffed, and Hugh Grant shows here that he is more than a star, he is a resource. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    It's funny, moving and true, and it respects the audience's intelligence as much as the characters'. That combination, no matter the movie's label, deserves to be treasured. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The summer movie season has barely begun, and already we have its first big surprise. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Hilarious, acidic Brit comedy. show more

  • August 29, 2010 Gibgirl70
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    I love the book About A Boy but this is the first time I can honestly say, I liked the film better. When I read the *********** picturing Hugh Grant as the lead so when I heard it was being released and he was starring I couldn't wait to see it. I had high expectations for this film and it beat every one of them. It's touching. We watch a grown man learn to love for the first time in his life. The supporting cast (including Toni Colette and Rachel Weisz) were amazing and Hugh Grant made this character not only real but sympathetic in a way the lead in the book could not. For all the touching and tender things this story teaches you may be surprised at how hard you laugh. Hugh Grant always plays an amazing cad (think Bridgette Jones) If you read the book don't expect the same ending. The movie is hysterical and the ending will leave you laughing out loud. You will never forget it.

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