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  • Summary: BOY A is a fictional story about Jack. His involvement in the murder of another child means Jack, at 24, has spent most of his young life in juvenile prisons. Released from prison into an unrecognizable adult world, Jack is given a new name, new job, new home; a new life. But anonymity is both a blessing and a curse as Jack has to contend with not being able to tell the people he gets to know, and love, of his true past and the monstrous secret he must keep hidden. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: KJ Doughton
    One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punishment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.
  5. Like "Control," the recent Anton Corbijn treatment of rock star Ian Curtis' short life, the powerful British drama Boy A announces its gravitas with a look--organically achieved, with cinematography, production design and direction working together--you are meant to notice.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Director John Crowley and screenwriter Mark O'Rowe's follow-up to their feature film debut "Intermission" may follow an all-too schematic flashback structure, but the film is too brilliantly acted for that to really matter much.
  7. This is another of those dead-kid dramas in which the terrible event is handled like a striptease--tantalizing flashes until the climax.

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  1. Oct 16, 2011
    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 that happened. At the end, it somewhat made yourself think life was so beautiful. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2012
    Boy 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! Collapse