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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 27, 2011
    83
    Harper Lee hasn't been interviewed in 47 years, but this meditation on her only novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," puts you inside her skin.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 21, 2011
    83
    It would have been wonderful if Lee had consented to an interview for this documentary, but at least we have, among many others, her 99-year-old sister Alice, until recently a practicing lawyer in their hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    May 14, 2011
    80
    Though it's more than a little awestruck and feels padded even at 82 minutes, the story it tells remains completely fascinating
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 13, 2011
    80
    Murphy also reveals one more gem when she interviews the New York couple who gave their friend Nell Harper Lee a financial gift in the '50s that allowed her to quit her job and finish the book, an act of generosity that is also one more kindness surrounding this most humane of artworks.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 17, 2011
    75
    Hey, Boo solves the mystery of Boo, and also, to some degree, the mystery of Harper Lee. It's a fine film, well worth seeing.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 13, 2011
    75
    Lee hasn't given an interview in 45 years, and even her 99-year-old sister (still practicing as a lawyer) only hazards a guess in Mary Murphy's old-school documentary: Her younger sister had nothing to prove, and nowhere to go but down after her astonishing debut novel.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 14, 2011
    70
    Occasionally borders on hagiography, but it nonetheless provides wonderful insights into the book's social and literary importance as well as its author's personality.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 12, 2011
    70
    Eventually, though, Hey, Boo settles into a pleasant rhythm. It gives the fascinating history of how the book came to be.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 1, 2011
    63
    Hey, Boo is the documentary equivalent of a group hug, right down to the segments showing middle schoolers in Westchester County, N.Y., and Birmingham, Ala., discussing the book in class.
  10. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    May 12, 2011
    58
    The filmmaking is prosaic, the pacing sleepy. It's a solid but unremarkable experience, perfect for insomniacs watching the History Channel late at night, but not nearly as satisfying as simply re-reading Lee's book.
  11. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 14, 2011
    40
    An unremarkable documentary about Harper Lee and her single literary masterwork, Hey, Boo features what the French call a "structuring absence," that of Lee herself.
  12. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 10, 2011
    40
    Famous fans (Rosanne Cash! Oprah!!!) attest to the book and film's greatness, but at best, this is a half-hour A&E Biography episode padded out to feature-length with forgetful trivia, frustratingly facile history lessons and far too much fawning.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    May 10, 2011
    40
    The overall effect is flattering but shallow, making Murphy's movie the last thing Mockingbird needs-another toothless encomium. No wonder Lee dodges the limelight.

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