Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. 38
    Somewhere along the way, Borstal Boy became fatally compromised.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Mixes a rites-of-passage story with political and sexual elements to solid but finally uninvolving results.
  3. 30
    The direction is so muted and sentimental and the pacing so soporific that only Ciarian Tanham's saturated color cinematography of the sylvan countryside breaks the monotony.
  4. Sheridan seems terrified of the book's irreverent energy, and scotches most of its élan, humor, bile, and irony. What's left wouldn't have substantiated a memoir of any reputation, much less a movie.

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