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  • Summary: Teenager James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) goes from a suburban street gang to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. In prison, he forms a friendship with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames) who becomes his mentor and helps him turn his life around. In this unlikely setting, James ultimately emerges with hope and a brighter future. Expand
  • Director: Trevor White
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Romance, Crime, Music, Family
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 109 min
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 14, 2014
    50
    Jamesy Boy has its heart in the right place, and first-time director Trevor White shows some skill with actors, but the film lacks a compelling reason to exist, except perhaps as a public-service announcement.
  2. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    The screenplay by Lane Shadgett and director Trevor White relies far too much on telling rather than showing.
  3. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jan 17, 2014
    38
    The poems — and the film as a whole — fail to flesh James out as a whole and complicated human being worth rooting for.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 16, 2014
    30
    Every word of the story may be true, and if it happened to someone you knew, you'd be captivated. In Jamesy Boy, though, it's hard to see why we should care.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 14, 2014
    30
    Director Trevor White frames the former teen gang member's life as an uplifting coming-of-age prison drama that feels entirely disconnected from the realities of incarceration.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jan 13, 2014
    12
    The movie adds up to little more than an interminable bildungsroman, sunk early and often by the desperately miscast Spencer Lofranco.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 9, 2014
    10
    Best movie so far in 2014 I've ever watched. Spencer Lofranco performed the best acting, he is the new star in the Hollywood. I can see his future is very bright if he continuing working hard and study the character like he did for this movie! Bravo!!! Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    otimo filme porem com um roteiro fraco com exclentes atores porem mereciam mais destaques como Taissa Farmiga e merecia um roteiro de qualidade porem foi um otimo filme Expand

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