Boyd van Hoeij

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For 283 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Boyd van Hoeij's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Call Me by Your Name
Lowest review score: 0 Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 283
283 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    If the pic is ultimately an entertaining ride, it is because Sudeikis takes the audience by the hand through this very unlikely story that was inspired by true events.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Boyd van Hoeij
    Even though the movie barely provides any backstory or other details, the characters’ emotions are always immediately accessible in this vivid depiction of the all-consuming nature of nascent amour, as well as the pain, heartbreak and confusion that come with trying to channel all these pure emotions into something as structured as your daily life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though it takes a little while for the film to find its footing, this is an ambitious and, finally, also touching new work from Pinoy Sunday director Ho Wi Ding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Grandinetti, with a bushy 1970s mustache, has the thankless job of carrying a film in which he plays a morally compromised character, which doesn’t directly warm him to the audience. But he does so with his trademark intelligence and grace, turning Claudio into a generally decent man who makes a few very bad choices.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    This is at once an accessible art house drama about Lola’s emotionally frayed sisterly and amorous ties and a clinically observed portrait of a 21st-century woman trying to stay afloat in a ruthlessly profit-oriented economy where feelings are the enemy of efficiency.
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    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though the subject is a largely familiar one, this is a work of considerable tonal complexity, as it stirs moments of pitch-black humor and short and violent reveries into an otherwise austerely told tale of spousal strife that wants to smash the patriarchy with feats of cinematic derring-do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    As the story grows increasingly bleak, it feels not only increasingly depressing but also more miserably authentic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    While the rapport between the middle-aged Paul and the thirtyish Alice is a fascinating give-and-take — they are essentially equals because one’s lack of experience is compensated for by the other’s lack of ideas — there is no real room for either to grow or be transformed. Their relationship, while full of exchanges, is finally quite stagnant.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    There's little in terms of the tension associated with police thrillers, but it's also not a socio-realist drama or a character study, instead echoing parts of these genres at different times so there's a constant sense of deja vu and reminders of other, better films without the material ever really coming into its own.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 0 Boyd van Hoeij
    It is not just a tough sit; it is nearly impossible to get through.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though the story is about a woman looking for new bearings in her life, basically against her wishes, the overall tone is never outright depressing. The family meals verge on the burlesque, while other moments are more charmingly melancholy. This is due to not only the beautifully modulated performances, with Bosse, Hivon and Brochu all perfectly cast in their roles, but also to some nifty technical details.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Slight but quite amusing ... But despite a few good gags and committed performances, the nagging suspicion that this eccentric concept would’ve worked better as a medium-length work or even a short remains.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Fascinating and insightful if also (perhaps necessarily) somewhat checkered.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    This is a confidently shot and beautifully acted story that manages to transcend quite a few — if clearly not all — of the coming-of-age genre’s cliches by delving into how the Millennial generation experiences sexuality, ostracism and growing up and how they try to relate to their parents and peers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Boyd van Hoeij
    Gorgeously shot and produced, impressively acted and with a lot of fascinating things on its mind, this is yet further proof that the 35-year-old Mascaro is one of Brazil’s most audacious and gifted filmmakers of his generation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Admirably, the director maintains the documentary illusion throughout, opting for a third act that finds exactly the right, understated tone, neither glorifying Rike’s role, nor underplaying the character’s more than obvious compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    The work’s considerations of the intimate connection among being, art and life finally feel quite superficial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though not all the relationships are entirely clear — the thieves' relationship with Brandt, for example, remains somewhat vague — and there might be some minor issues that could become apparent on multiple viewings, this is first and foremost a rollicking and very imaginatively staged ride that’s enjoyable and different.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Despite its structural problems and mostly foreseeable storyline, the small, very human moments such as these ensure that Mario feels authentic and is, finally, moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    A step up in terms of complexity, with more subplots and a larger cast of protagonists to juggle and less instantly sympathetic characters or an evident cause to rally behind, this drama again offers many quiet, often character-driven rewards but struggles to become larger than the sum of its parts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Rather than sensationalizing their subject, Paravel and Castaing-Taylor never forget that Issei, while clearly troubled or ill or both, is still a human being, too. It is a testament to the talent of the directors, who also shot and edited the film, that such a complex moral stance rises organically from their material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Boyd van Hoeij
    The real star of the show here is the strikingly gorgeous, often almost bi-chrome visual universe, inspired by the tai chi diagram — more commonly known in the West as yin-and-yang symbol — and traditional ink-brush painting, with its distinct combination of rich blacks and fluid shades of gray.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    The sorrowful situations are frequently laced with chuckles,
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though more an atmospheric and sensorial experience than strictly a narrative one, this languorous and handsomely produced (by Call Me by Your Name producer Rodrigo Teixeira) feature is a lovingly textured addition to the coming-of-age genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Yeo isn’t experienced enough to convincingly pull off genre acrobatics this complex, delivering a film that often feels derivative in terms of its style and that doesn’t have the storytelling goods to let all these different influences coalesce coherently.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    This kind of film wouldn’t stand a chance if the actors weren’t believable but Garcia (who starred in El Amparo, which Cordova edited) and non-professional Reyes are both understated but utterly authentic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Boyd van Hoeij
    Whereas Aferim! was a thrilling epic that uncovered a piece of Romanian history heretofore largely ignored, Hearts hardly develops a pulse, hiding the faces of the protagonists in immobile medium and wide shots while any possible emotions get snowed under by non-contextualized intellectual musings and socio-politico-historical details.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    What keeps the material from feeling too scattershot is the vitality of Cassel’s performance, which is full of life even when he’s not always in the best of health. He’s a much-needed charismatic center that almost manages to keep the entire enterprise together.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Both an unexciting and by-the-numbers history lesson and an inside-view, you-are-there look at an underreported armed conflict, the documentary This Is Congo is almost as full of contradictions as the nation it is trying to portray.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Boyd van Hoeij
    At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist art house story, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts might send some heads rolling but has its own head firmly on its shoulders.

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