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R| 2 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Songs from Coldplay, Arcade Fire and other artists capture the time period. Directed by Richard Linklater.

Cast: Ellar Coltrane , Patricia Arquette , Ethan Hawke , Lorelei Linklater , Tamara Jolaine , Nick Krause , Jordan Howard , Evie Thompson

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

Boyhood (2014)

Release Date: July 11th, 2014|2 hr. 42 min.

critic reviews ( 49 )
fan reviews ( 15 )
  • Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule. show more

  • I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time. show more

  • One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a decade to shoot. Yet it comes across as effortless and unassuming. Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one. show more

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  • September 07, 2014 shldd
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    Simply put It Sucked. It was so bad I asked my wife if she wanted to leave early in the show but we decided to stay. The movie was so predictable I could have stood up and given a dialogue of my own. I go to alot of flicks and know a good movie when I see one and believe me you this movie was BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • September 07, 2014 Paul Childs
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    Maybe the critics were simply impressed that it was a film shot over eleven years. No matter how long it takes to make a movie, you still need a compelling story line and a protagonist that makes you want to root for him. Neither was a true about this movie.

  • August 30, 2014 ann safriet
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    This was such an unusual movie...that was also enjoyable. First time a movie allowed you to see the characters actually growup. They all did an amazing job and while it was never lost my interest. Truly a good experience! Go see it!

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'Apehood' Is a 'Boyhood'/'Apes' Mashup Guaranteed to Make You Feel Things (VIDEO)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jul 11th, 2014 3:30PM

This weekend, two of the year's very best movies are hitting theaters. One is Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," a sensitive, down-to-earth drama that took twelve years to film; the other is "Dawn of the...

'Boyhood' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing the One-of-a-Kind Drama

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jul 11th, 2014 2:00PM

Yes, the current cinematic landscape is filled with giant, towering transformers that can handily destroy large swaths of both Chicago and China, super-intelligent apes leading a revolt against...

'Boyhood' Director Richard Linklater Never Doubted His Ambitious, 12-Year Production

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jul 11th, 2014 9:00AM

While Richard Linklater was making "School of Rock," "Bad News Bears," "Before Sunset" and "Bernie," he was also quietly making "Boyhood," a film that's production spanned 12 years. It's an...

Weekend Movies & TV: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Boyhood,' 'The Strain,' & More (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jonny Black on Jul 10th, 2014 4:15PM

This weekend, Gary Oldman leads a band of human survivors against an army of genetically evolved apes in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a young man's adolescence, from the ages of 5 to 18, is...

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