December Boys

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    60
    More Sunday afternoon filler than cinema sensation, it’s a perfectly pleasant drama, but you’ll struggle to remember it the next day.
  2. 60
    Occasionally touching but rarely convincing coming-of-ager.
  3. 50
    Juvenile viewers may well benefit from the movie. But, for the adult, it’s ultimately a film that arrives too early for the season in its title and too late in terms of style and impact.
  4. Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.
  5. 50
    There seem to be two movies going on here at the same time, and December Boys would have been better off going all the way with one of them.
  6. Oversaturated with sweetness and light.
  7. 50
    Pleasant but pedestrian.
  8. 40
    If Daniel Radcliffe is hoping for an acting life after Harry Potter, he might want to be choosier than this cloying little Australian number.
  9. A coming-of-age tale so treacly it doesn’t just tug your heartstrings, it attempts to glue them to your ribs.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    5
    All in all, this was not bad. But I guess I couldn't completely enjoy it because of the religious undertone. It's also a bit slow, hardlyAll in all, this was not bad. But I guess I couldn't completely enjoy it because of the religious undertone. It's also a bit slow, hardly anything happens. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2011
    6
    I spent the movie with a feeling that something would happen that impact, and it did. I was surprised, especially with the furl of the story.I spent the movie with a feeling that something would happen that impact, and it did. I was surprised, especially with the furl of the story. I cried of course, with the relation of friendship that was established through the brothers during the film. Definitely I could see the lyricism and depth that the film suggests. Outside the tremendous opportunity to put Radcliffe highlighted, and the film is all of the little boy Misty, who's there at the bottom of the poster. I really enjoyed... shows the importance of friendship, being given to family when we oportunide of having it. A star for the landscape, found it was fabulous.
    A star for the performance of Dan, I appreciated a lot. A star for the decision at the end of Sparks. It was very meaningful. A star for the end of the movie, thought it was beautiful.
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  3. JamesC.
    Sep 22, 2007
    2
    Harry Plodder is a better name for this dud. Yes, the scenery is great but the script is beyond lazy. Why Daniel R. would pick this film to Harry Plodder is a better name for this dud. Yes, the scenery is great but the script is beyond lazy. Why Daniel R. would pick this film to be in is beyond me. The director uses metaphors like a sledgehammer. If I saw the black horse in the film for another second I would have guessed it was a KT Turnstall video. This film should be in the dictionary under, misfire. Full Review »