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  • Summary: Based on the classic Michael Noonan novel, December Boys is the story of four orphan teenagers growing up behind the closed doors of a Catholic convent in outback Australia during the 1960s. As the boys watch younger kids get adopted by loving families, they begin to realize that as they get older, their turn may never come. But the boys finally have something to look forward to when the convent sends them to visit the seaside one summer. While at the seaside, the boys meet a young couple unable to have children and who would make the perfect parents. The eldest of the boys, Maps, finds himself drawn to Lucy, a beautiful girl from down the coast. Competing to be the most adoptable, the rest of the boys, Sparks, Misty, and Spit, severely test their friendships as long-gestating feelings of rejection explode to the surface. The bonds of friendship eventually overcome the rivalries, sealing forever the strong ties that bind the December boys as they learn the real meaning behind friendship, family, and love. (Warner Independent Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 75
    Tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told.
  3. The film's dramatic moments are small but exquisitely rendered so that you feel the emotions experienced so many years ago. The film lingers afterward in your mind like a favorite vacation that triggered moments of sheer intensity.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A problematic memory play, shot through with honey-colored nostalgia, that backs nervously into darker matters.
  5. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    60
    Occasionally touching but rarely convincing coming-of-ager.
  6. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    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.
  7. A coming-of-age tale so treacly it doesn’t just tug your heartstrings, it attempts to glue them to your ribs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. 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 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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