Universal Pictures | Release Date: May 17, 2002 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
75
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 38 Critics
Positive:
31
Mixed:
5
Negative:
2
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100
The timing and cutting of the film are terrific, the build-up to an absurdly hilarious climax is just right, and the performances are near perfect.
90
Better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
90
Movie purists will tell you that a heavy reliance on voice-over is a sin (“show, don’t tell”), but when the words are this funny, to hell with purity.
80
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.
75
A comedy hit, but its secret is that it delves deeper than the usual summer fare.
63
It's hard to stomp on a movie that pulls together a rich lay-about, hippies, a punk girl and an Amnesty International worker in a sort of Peaceable Kingdom, but About a Boy shows the limits of affability.