Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    70
    This entertaining, inside-show-business documentary is greatly enhanced by the presence of the two engaging "boys" of the title -- brothers who found harmony through music and dissonance with each other.
  2. The result is an excellent film - entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
  3. 75
    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and a host of other notables sing the praises of the estranged siblings, whose work is illustrated by copious film clips.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    A touching and illuminating documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    90
    Boys is first-rate cinema archaeology. What pushes it beyond that is the brutal honesty with which the sibling rivalry between the elder Shermans is depicted; theirs is a palpable mixture of love and disdain that led to the men not socializing with each other for more than 40 years.
  6. The Boys is so heartfelt that it elicits a sense that complex creative relationships may ultimately elude explication, leaving Jeffrey Sherman to speculate that the friction between his father and his uncle was what brought their songs alive.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Engaging documentary draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees, and should lure dedicated nostalgists.
  8. 70
    Comprehensive, fulfilling film.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. CarlosF
    Sep 10, 2009
    10
    Just saw this film at D23 Expo. A great tribute to 2 men who have brought so much joy to so many.
  2. DinoP
    Jun 10, 2009
    10
    Wow. Who knew? Head, heart, style... an honest and fascinating glimpse inside the creative process.
  3. JohnM
    May 24, 2009
    1
    I hate watching famous people complain about their lives. They should consider themselves lucky to have had the opportunities they've I hate watching famous people complain about their lives. They should consider themselves lucky to have had the opportunities they've had and the money that they've made. Sappy but I do like the songs a lot. Full Review »