Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    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
    80
    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
    80
    [A] colorful, absorbing documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 9, 2013
    70
    A compelling tale even for viewers with no interest in the sweet science.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary M. Kramer
    Aug 9, 2013
    67
    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
    63
    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
    60
    The film winds up as a chronicle of uneasy forgiveness.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    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
    20
    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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