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Based on 28 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Owen, in a heartfelt, award-caliber performance, never goes soft. It's his core of toughness that makes the movie so funny, touching and vital. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Owen is a magnetic, sensitive presence at the center of a movie that doesn't deserve him and that barely deserves to be seen. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    In less capable hands, the movie could have been maudlin. Instead, Hicks and Owen have created an intimate drama told with humor and emotion. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Relationships - between men and women, fathers and sons - are more complicated in real life, and The Boys Are Back deftly acknowledges that fact. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The performances save the movie from a treacly inevitability. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Few films have so poignantly portrayed a father's relationships with his sons as The Boys Are Back. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The effect is weirdly lulling. Viewers with a special connection to this story, or a weakness for little boys and single dads, may find The Boys Are Back moving. For everyone else, the movie is merely picturesque. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    It aims -- successfully -- to make you think and feel. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For all its generally judicious choices, there's one device in The Boys Are Back that may test the patience of some viewers. Every once in a while, the late Katy pops up in a scene to offer Joe wifely advice. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The movie should come with the tag line “Don't try this at home,” because the method has near-fatal pitfalls. Yet the characters' clumsy emotional growth shows us there's hope even for a stumbling father and two sons groping toward peace. show more

  • September 20, 2011 vekoerner
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    I thought this movie was worthwhile on several fronts; it made an insightful commentary on several aspects of modern society and its complicated relationships and problems, so much less common 40 years ago. It also demonstrated some very real human frailties and in the course of the story line showed how much adults and children alike have changed in that time. The scene in which a hoard of teenagers invade the house for a party and then ******** is all too true. All of the characters were convincing, the plot believable and the visuals of the movie\'s setting in rural and coastal South Australia truly evocative. I felt absorbed and involved to the last scene and came away satisfied, knowing the movie was one I would remember.

  • April 02, 2010 Daze
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    This film is brilliant! A moving and touching display of life, love, sadness, and joy. This was one of the most heartwarming films I've seen in awhile. Even if you're not into these types of films, I'd say, go for it and watch it.

  • November 26, 2009 MaryJane
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    Great movie! Dealing with the two boys and trying to live a life must have been a great challenge for him. Clive Own is a very insightful actor and truly brings out the best in this role. The young boys played their parts with a real sense of being actual kids. Superb acting by everyone. Would go to see it again.

  • October 28, 2009 HHI ROCK
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    This was the best movie I have seen this year. The acting was great and the cinematography was georgous. Clive Owen was great and the kids that played the kids were also wonderful. This was a beautiful film.

  • October 11, 2009 Frankiep111
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    This could be a sleeper hit this year. Very good movie; touching, sad, yet funny. Deals with real-life situations.

  • October 01, 2009 Rdstr519
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    Great film, filled with lots of emotion and comedy

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