• The Boy (2016)

The Boy

Release Date: January 22nd, 2016

PG-13 |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

A young American named Greta (Lauren Cohan) takes a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old boy in a remote English village. To her surprise, Greta learns that the child of her new employers is a life-size doll. They care for the doll as if it was human, which helps the couple to cope with the death of their own son 20 years earlier. When Greta violates a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring her worst fears to life, leading her to believe that the doll is alive.

Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, James Russell, Jett Klyne, Lily Pater

Director: William Brent Bell

Genres: Horror , Thriller

Production Co: Vertigo, STX Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment

Distributors: STX Entertainment

Keywords: 2010s, Transformation, Dark, Friend, England, House, Escape, Intense

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    Nearly free of gore, the film taps into the deep and always welcome vein of the opulently bizarre things that rich, emotionally stunted people get into when they’ve got too much money. Stacey Menear’s script is careful and clever about revealing what Brahms really is, for he’s certainly got a mind and will of his own. show more

  • 38
    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com

    It’s more rote than revelatory, and the possibility of a sequel in the final shot plays more like a threat than a promise. show more

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Stacey Menear's screenplay doesn't manage to sustain its clever premise, with the final act featuring a banal and formulaic revelation that unfortunately takes what had been a spooky haunted house tale into familiar slasher movie territory. show more

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