This Boy's Life

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  • Summary: The dynamic teaming of Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin and Leonardo DiCaprio sparks this funny, touching slice-of-life drama that pits rebellious teen Toby (DiCaprio) against his tyrannical new stepfather Dwight (DeNiro). (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Barkin and DiCaprio are sensational. Every time De Niro threatens to take over the picture, they snatch our attention right back, and always with something casual: a look or a gesture that conveys how thoroughly this mother and son understand each other.
  2. In capturing the compelling battle between a boy and his abusive stepfather, director Michael Caton-Jones cannily avoids obvious sentimentality, opting to let a rather brutal story tell itself.
  3. 75
    The film is well-paced and expertly edited, allowing scenes to flow naturally into one another.
  4. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Despite its admirable strengths and the fact of it being a true story, there is somehow a failure to completely connect with the fierce boy, giving his unhappy and alienating youth an unfortunate air of unreality.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Unfortunately, after a relatively promising warmup, pic actually proceeds to flatten out the characters in the latter sections and to make them less dimensional and interesting than they initially seemed.
  6. For This Boy's Life to work as ominous domestic drama, it's essential that we see Dwight as a flesh-and-blood monster. De Niro, unfortunately, just seems to be reveling in the chance to play another viciously demented freak, like Cape Fear's Max Cady.
  7. 50
    De Niro's decision to make Dwight a loony from the get-go throws the delicate symmetry of the story out of whack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 13, 2013
    8
    It's great that i'm the first user to review this masterpiece. The acting is amazing, the story is great and realistic. It's a must watch forIt's great that i'm the first user to review this masterpiece. The acting is amazing, the story is great and realistic. It's a must watch for all DeNiro or DiCaprio fans and drama lovers. I still have the original VHS in my collection. My final score for "This Boy's Life" is 8/10 Expand

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