Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. 75
    Director Bolton could easily have exploited the film's unsettling issues, but he takes a nonsensationalized approach that leaves viewers to decide the moral questions for themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Sometimes spare to a fault (especially scriptwise), low-key effort nonetheless holds attention with its naturalistic, nonsensationalized approach.
  3. 50
    One of the film's most poignant moments comes when he and his father discuss his compulsive attraction to young boys.
  4. Few people will be able to go along with Bolton's point of view regarding relationships between adults and underage youths, but there's no denying the writer-director, in his feature debut, has avoided sensationalism in telling this story.
  5. Few things are quite as frustrating as a film that chooses a highly controversial subject then proceeds to give it the kid-glove treatment. That's the case with writer-director James Bolton's well-made, if excruciatingly slow-paced, drama.
  6. It's always admirable when a director decides to make a risky film. On the other hand, it's not quite as commendable to also make a boring one.
  7. 30
    Earnest but unenlightening drama.
  8. 30
    Drab and muddled romance.
  9. 20
    The picture is so predictable that the bad acting becomes a distraction.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    10
    Preachy and humorless, Eban and Charley shocks only by the quality of its numbing solipsism.
  11. May be the most boring film about forbidden love ever made. Unspectacularly shot on video, terribly scripted, with zombie-like acting that borders on the absurd.

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