Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. From the standpoint of humanizing Sudan's continuing refugee problem, Lost Boys is a gem. It doesn't preach. It doesn't prettify.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    88
    The message of this movie could not be any clearer: America is no heaven on earth.
  3. Yearns to be optimistic (juxtaposed with the disaster of Sudan, it certainly has the right to be), yet that only ends up underscoring its ache of sadness.
  4. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    83
    In the rather weak ending, we aren't sure what will become of Peter and Santino.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    A potent, engrossing look at several young refugees from Sudan's disastrous, endless civil war who've been relocated to the U.S.
  6. 80
    Getting an audience so caught up is no small feat; it is a tribute to the directors' storytelling.
  7. Without the intrusion of voice-overs or interviews, Mylan and Shenk attained a remarkable intimacy with the strapping, earnest, startlingly beautiful teenagers.
  8. 80
    The film offers a rare and fascinating firsthand look at two sides of the modern immigrant experience.
  9. 80
    The filmmakers deftly capture the boys' depression and triumphs, but something of the American character -- the generosity and the arrogance -- as well.
  10. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    80
    This is a beautiful, important film, and you should see it.
  11. 75
    Mylan and Shenk provide an engrossing look at these bright, clean-cut young men and the obstacles they faced in "the land of plenty." In doing so, the filmmakers also reveal a lot about the American character.
  12. The plain, reportorial style of Lost Boys -- which simply records its subjects in various settings and situations -- results in a film that doesn't preach, doesn't politicize.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    This excellent film, which is both uplifting and troubling, also makes crystal clear what Peter gradually gives up in order to fit in as best he can: His culture.
  14. A pretty good documentary about a great subject.
  15. A touching documentary on the immigrant experience -- or at least one very tough slice of it.
  16. Too short by half, Lost Boys of Sudan affords frustratingly little by way of real analysis and history. But it does introduce us to two extraordinary young men whose faith in this country is almost as unbearably sad as their stories.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    70
    Moving documentary.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 25, 2014
    10
    There are movies that are good, others are incredible, but this movie is simply wonderful and probably the best movie ever made.
    This is the
    There are movies that are good, others are incredible, but this movie is simply wonderful and probably the best movie ever made.
    This is the true Lost Boys and not that vampire **** with the main actor of 24.
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