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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a film that will probably please people already fascinated by Behan but leave everyone else yawning with admiration. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film's intimations of bisexual romance have a certain innate drama that no amount of bad acting or cornball rugby matches can completely erase. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The film moves briskly enough to be entertaining, but it can't escape the smothering hero worship that Sheridan infuses into every frame. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    An important and interesting story, but the reform school itself never seems terribly harsh. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    My problem with Borstal Boy isn't so much with the facts as with the tone. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's really a crock: a coming-of-age boys' prison film that has only a fanciful link with Behan's life. The film is a bastard grandchild of Tony Richardson's 1962 "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Somewhere along the way, Borstal Boy became fatally compromised. show more

  • 70
    Michael Dequina Film Threat

    Forces a self-examination that is both traumantic and revealing. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Given the serious subject matter, this adaptation of Irish writer Brendan Behan's autobiographical novel is surprisingly light and exceedingly good-natured. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A quaint, romanticized rendering. show more

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