Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Aug 8, 2013
    Director Jesse James Miller’s bio of ‘80s-era World Boxing Council lightweight champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Aug 8, 2013
    Jesse James Miller’s moving documentary “The Good Son” is like a brisk novel with a bigger-than-life protagonist.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 7, 2013
    [A] colorful, absorbing documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 9, 2013
    A compelling tale even for viewers with no interest in the sweet science.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary M. Kramer
    Aug 9, 2013
    The Good Son is Mancini’s mea culpa memoir; a grand act of self-vindication that succeeds because the boxer is sympathetic and asks respectfully for forgiveness and absolution.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 9, 2013
    The final scenes, when Mancini meets Kim’s son, have the awkward feel of an “Oprah” episode, with the editing and music suggesting a catharsis that isn’t always backed up by what’s on-screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 8, 2013
    The film winds up as a chronicle of uneasy forgiveness.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 8, 2013
    The odd and disturbing thing about the film is just how comfortable [Mancini] — and we — have become putting moments on camera that, once upon a time, were meant to be shared between two people.
  9. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Aug 6, 2013
    Mancini, who served as an executive producer, is glorified and exonerated, yet it's his inability to render either process interesting that ultimately sinks the picture.

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