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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    First-time director Peter Care crafts something darkly funny and touching from a coming-of-age fable that might have drifted into formula without deeply felt performances from Culkin and Hirsch and dazzling animation from Todd McFarlane (Spawn) that brings the boys' comic fantasies to jolting life. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A touching but odd mix of live action and animation. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Essentially a coming-of-age story set in working-class North Carolina in the 1970s. But it's so startlingly original that it transcends the genre. This is a wonderful film, from puckish start to momentous finish. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    One of the most inventive, funny and ultimately tragic coming-of-age movies in years. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie has no profound insights to offer, but its nimble acting and lifelike dialogue make it entertaining as well as thoughtful. Think "Stand by Me" meets "Ghost World," and you just about have it. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Infused with the hazy golden glow of nostalgia and unfolds at a leisurely pace, reminiscent of "The Virgin Suicides." show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Isn't the best coming-of-age story to hit the big screen, but it skirts new territory, and does so with a flare that earns it a recommendation. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Foster is strident, Vincent D'Onofrio has little to do but chain-smoke thoughtfully as an accessible priest, and the physical atmosphere is hazy. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If the film had been less extreme in the adventures of its heroes, more willing to settle for plausible forms of rebellion, that might have worked. It tries too hard, and overreaches the logic of its own world. show more

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