Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: KJ Doughton
    100
    One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punishment.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    90
    While the cast is uniformly superb, Garfield ("Lions for Lambs") deserves special mention for his deep, extraordinarily expressive performance.
  3. Andrew Garfield's phenomenal performance makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality, whether or not they're securely fastened together.
  4. 90
    It's beautiful. I loved it. And it broke my heart.
  5. 88
    Mullen and Garfield anchor the film. Mullen, that splendid Scottish actor ("My Name Is Joe") and Garfield, 24, with his boyish face and friendly grin.
  6. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    83
    That the audience is forced to examine its own assumptions about the situation is the result of an extraordinary, moving performance by Andrew Garfield.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    9
    Boy A peut être vu comme un Christopher Nolan indépendant. A savoir, le film nous met aussitôt dans leBoy A peut être vu comme un Christopher Nolan indépendant. A savoir, le film nous met aussitôt dans le bain de son récit, sans aucune explication (qui sont les personnages exactement, leur passé respectif...) et complété par des flashes-back, à première vue inutils et qui peuvent plomber le tout (pour ceux qui ne sont pas habitués). Mais justement, comme un Nolan, il faut suivre le tout pour découvrir le film à se juste valeur : un véritable chef-d'oeuvre! Un scénario d'une puissance phénoménale, un casting de premier ordre, une mise en scène de qualité... Bref, on se laisse bercer par le récit qui se précise petit à petit et dont les flashes-back montrent leur importance à ce dernier. Boy A, un film à voir! Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2011
    10
    Boy A is a saddening and gripping drama film with powerful-acted cast. To be honest, this film kept me thinking this was an actual story thatBoy A is a saddening and gripping drama film with powerful-acted cast. To be honest, this film kept me thinking this was an actual story that happened. At the end, it somewhat made yourself think life was so beautiful. Full Review »