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The History Boys

Rated R for language and sexual content.

R In Theaters 11/21/2006 , 109min.
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September 28, 2008
There are some stage plays that seem to be made for crossing over into film. Plays that just "fit" in Hollywood; the History Boys is not one of them. Characters were under-developed, acting was overdone, the directing style was flat and still. On a personal level, if I had a teacher who groped my genitals every time I hitched a ride with him, I don't think I would find any humor in it. Such was

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Washington Post
Wildean panache of this caliber is not the norm in movie dialogue, so on this score alone, The History Boys is a blessing. The top-drawer work of a fine ensemble is another. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
A lively and entertaining disquisition on the purpose and uses of knowledge in a world that cares less about scholarship than quantifiable results. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
The History Boys is an erudite, sharply written film with consummate performances, but its origins on the stage are all too obvious. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence. Full Review
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours. Full Review

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