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Its nevertheless a movie to be applauded and seen, even if it never quite approximates the howl of outrage that every decent human being should want t ..
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"But unfortunately, punching adverts featuring male models doesnt count as sexual confusion or solid characterisation."
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Yes, Boy Erased is a horror movie, but it bears pointing out that the emotion is by definition intertwined with both empathy and a certain sense of co ..
The result is a powerfully conflicted portrait of the relationship between love and hate, a story in which all but the ugliest bigotries can be traced ..
"The same is true for both of Jareds parents, who form the wounded heart and soul of a movie that doesnt make enough room for them."
Its a pity that the scenes between the Conley family dont have the same kind of impact. Nevertheless, Boy Erased, despite its inconsistency, Boy Erase ..
In that, its worth noting that Jared Eamons, the struggling teen at the heart of Edgertons film, doesnt initially exude the same self assurance Camero ..
Gay conversion therapy gets the indictment it deserves, from an insightful script based on a you are there tell all, and an outstanding cast.
Its as if the world is singing, Every breath you take, every move you make Ill be watching you..And hes watching himself, too.
Boy Erased is the kind of topical, well intentioned movie that makes you wish it was slightly better than it is.
Uneven due to its odd pace, Boy Erased loses some of its potential impact due to a script that clearly understands the important story its telling and ..
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"Proof that a powerful story doesnt always easily translate to transcendent cinema, Boy Erased is undoubtedly effective in its attempt to earn an emot ..
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This year, the honors belong to the uplifting documentary The Biggest Little Farm.
To give Edgerton and company credit the fact that the movie made me so mad proves that its well made.
Well acted and thoughtfully directed, Boy Erased is a compassionate memoir that nevertheless struggles to leave much of an emotional impact.
As a PSA it is surely needed and its undoubtedly well intentioned but as a film with its heart in the right place, I just wish its heart was beating a ..
Good as Lucas Hedges is at acting the tortured teen, as in a scene in which he lashes out at a bus stop advertisement of a shirtless male model, Jared ..
Stick around for the end credits for one good laugh, and then a flood of tears.
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Its well meaning and finely crafted, yet short on surprises, either narrative or emotional.
Although Boy Erased depicts a series of injustices, its ultimate message is one of the hope and optimism that can accompany acceptance.
Russell Crowe does nothing notable as the evangelistic dad, Marshall.
Russell Crowe does nothing notable as the evangelistic dad, Marshall.
I wish I could get through one movie on this subject or dancing around the edges of it without a suicide attempt.
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s necessary as message might be, the movies lack of a unique and personal approach to the material means that its not a necessary part of the conversa ..
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By avoiding turning exponents of the controversial treatment into monsters while underlining its dangers, Edgertons film can serve to stimulate debate ..
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Kidman delivers a delicate and nuanced performance as usual, while Edgertons take on the manipulative head therapist is disturbingly accurate.
Proving again that hes one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real ..
Though based on an inspirational true story, Edgertons Boy Erased is too cluttered and unfocused to deliver either new insight or a good cry.
The Beatles White Album has been credited with a lot of things over its 50 year history, but how about as the single biggest influence on US alternati ..
Perhaps for this reason the tale seems more horror film than conventional drama.
Boy Erased pulls out more emotional stops, but does it without stooping to cheap sentiment.
The film portrays it as a through the looking glass place where science, modern social norms and plain horse sense take a back seat to the Bible based ..
And it is dramatically impressive most of the time, but it is also very messy and uneven.
Boy Erased is an accomplished film that avoids showy flourishes and instead focuses intently on character and story.
Hedges silent scream of a performance, more internalized than his excellent work in Manchester by the Sea and the recent Mid90s, both complements and ..
Even so, Boy Erased is recommended for those in the mood for a sensitive non fiction drama.
But Boy Erased tries to be more than a simple culture war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure thanks to Lucas Hedgess performance as Jared ..
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Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased.Credit:Kyle Kaplan Its a sentiment that also shaped The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a small but equally ..
His non showy performance perfectly matches Edgertons understated direction.
It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.
Both films are worth your time; both, in their way, are intelligent message movies that refuse to hide their outrage at a repressive practice that, as ..
The film might have been stronger if it had given some of the other teens more of a chance to express their views.Audiences who know Xavier Dolans fla ..
It will leave you with many things to think about and for that alone, it deserves a watch.
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An affecting, not quite hard hitting story that ultimately touches the heart.
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The no fuss directness, no frills honesty and deeply committed talent and conviction of 22 year old Lucas Hedges infuses Boy Erased with a passion and ..
The result is a breathtaking film that evokes empathy and inspires thoughtful dialogue.
And its enough to make you wish the film could stick to a more consistent emotional current.
That may be why Boy Erased sometimes feels more like a sturdy dramatic exercise than a viscerally potent work.
Boy Erased wouldve been a better film if it questioned rather than just depicted.
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Its a sequence so imaginative and strongly acted, its a shame the rest of Boy Erased never really compares.
The movie is effective but detached in a way difficult to pinpoint.
As an award season Big Issue movie, there is still a distasteful element of pain voyeurism in watching young people suffer a modern injustice for two ..
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Audiences rightly root for these characters to stand firm under intense pressure, but the drama is in the struggle.
(CNN) Theres plenty of big name talent in Boy Erased, including the Australian triumvirate of Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and director writer co star ..
But that fairness is an emotional restraint, and doesnt allow Boy Erased to drum up the passion it should have in abundance.
This is a Message Movie in capital letters, and while its easy enough to be cynical about this sort of film, its also the kind of film that attempts t ..
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Well Acted Boy Erased a Perplexing Misfire Good intentions and even better performances do not always a decent movie make.
It is a chronological story, told without much frills and enough technical competence, and with an unflinching moral centre.
Whats most impressive about the film is its restraint. There are no villains. Everyone thinks theyre doing the right thing.
But for that to hopefully happen someday well probably need better movies about the subject than BOY ERASED, which I suppose means well but is exactly ..
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Hedges is terrific overall, but Kidman often carries the movie in these sequences.
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Conversion therapy is one of the worst ideas humanity has ever had and its perpetrators should probably be capitally punished.
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On the surface, the visuals of Boy Erased match its stolid sensibility, with subdued colors and sparse cinematic flourishes, but inside the walls of L ..
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Instead of just tickling your tear ducts, the vindictive physicality of conversion therapy coupled with Edgerton and Hedges confidence and resolve thr ..
The film does that a bit in its later moments, especially in one lovely flashback, but it makes the character feel aloof for much of its run time.
The ideas presented in the film may seem outlandish and archaic but the final title cards inform us how relevant this movie is.
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Its about crediting the evidence of your own eyes, ears and heart.
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But watching the film, I couldnt help but wish for this same kind of narrative, but instead about a kid who cant quite passwho presents in a way that ..
Hedges is, as one would expect, superb in the title role, but performances across the board are excellent.
Its still a worthwhile film, one that doesnt treat either gay kids or Christians as cartoon figures, all bright lines and easy answers.
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The world is a messed up place but Boy Erased provides hope that common sense can sometimes triumph over stupidity.
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As if one feature per lifetime on the dodo headed topic of conversion therapy werent enough, make room for 2018s second big screen crusade to make ban ..
So real is the performance that you feel youre watching a documentary and not a film.
But its also something special to see the veteran Oscar winners Crowe and Kidman disappearing into their characters and delivering such fine and beaut ..
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But at least they achieve something and articulate a vision of gay dignity and compassionate allyship.
Its a tour de force performance and Hedges continues to raise the bar for himself.Sincerity and empathy course through every frame of Edgertons film, ..
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This is a tour de force performance that will leave you fighting back the tears.
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The honest story and raw performances work together to make an unforgettable film.
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Its also about the importance of a family unit that doesnt jump to condemn, and instead offers support at home where it is needed most with the hope t ..
Along the way, its someone disjointed narrative costs it narrative momentum from time to time.
Jared is a mortified believer who has tried agonizingly hard to resist his feelings.
Boy Erased flashes its strength in a smaller, informal portrait of love and determination.You dont expect something seemingly so simple, to harness so ..
But Edgerton has made an effective movie and a significant story with wonderfully rich performances casting Kidman will automatically give you that a ..
Though the film works hard at extending kindness and understanding even Edgertons villainous character is ultimately presented as a lost victim its di ..
Boy Erased is able to broach conversion therapy with such sincerity, emotional drama, and gripping performances from its cast.
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I feel bad marking this rotten because the subject is so important, but the execution is just not there.
But the mature, subtle performances slowly burn into your conscience.
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But its less surprising when one considers that Edgerton made his directing debut with the surprisingly nasty thriller The Gift.
Boy Erased isnt quite the equal of that directing debut, but its an important story and gets full mileage out of Hedges subdued performance.
I think Boy Erased is an important film for an Indian audience. I dont know if we have equivalents of conversion therapy here but I do know that there ..
We get it intellectually, but the movie often soft pedals the real visceral impact and thats a shame.
A well acted, well intentioned attempt to bring a best selling, very personal memoir to the big screen, Boy Erased plays it safe with familiar melodra ..
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Yet it avoids dealing with the complications of dogma and belief and instead projects banal sentiments that confuse sexual and institutional fears.
While hampered by a jump around brand of storytelling, the movie, with a stellar lead performance and relentlessly intolerant yet multi dimensional ch ..
There are moments that keep you gripped to your seat and that level of discomfort never lets up.
You do wish you got to know everyone a little better, especially Jareds therapy mates (Troye Sivan, Jesse LaTourette, Britton Sear among them) but the ..
But that doesnt negate his increasingly solid sense of his own self worth, and thats what makes the unassuming 19 year old college jock such a fascina ..
Boy Erased is something more and something less than an expose of conversion therapy practices.
This film is a delicately navigated, tempered drama that conveys much more because of its minimalist affectation.
And yet, Edgerton doesnt pretend all comes out rosy and fine as Nancy and Marshall move toward different reevaluations and conclusions.All of this dep ..
Its an understated film which lingers longer than expected, and that subtle touch should have real resonance for LGBT kids and especially their parent ..
A tad too safe and sanitary. But its still a generously acted story of faith, identity and the survival instincts inherent to both and one reinforcing ..
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Boy Erased is a tremendously affecting drama, all the more so knowing its non fictional roots.
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Its screenwriters were faithful to the source material and expanded the narrative, inventing scenes that raised the tension.
At the same time, Boy Erased never effectively connects to you in the emotional way it desperately wants to.Hedges and Kidman are great here, Crowe an ..
Yet Hedges, a sensitive actor who has already appeared in three Best Picture nominees (Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside ..
Lucas Hedges, the 22 year old actor from MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016), for which he earned an Oscar nomination, proves that honor was no fluke with hi ..
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While one actors performance doesnt answer the question of who might be the audience for this severe drama, Kidman fans should be pleased.
The movie is straightforward in its message and delivery, at times realistic to the point of rendering itself dull, not in topic but more because of E ..
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Boy Erased is a film from an honest, experiential perspective, and its all the better for it.
A crucially important coming of age drama that will hopefully serve as a cautionary tale for those who believe that pseudoscientific treatment or spir ..
Wont somebody think of the children gets thrown around a lot, and usually for the wrong reasons. Here, Edgerton does, for the right ones.
Hes almost too low key to succeed, but for a quiet role it works.
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A picture emerges of a slow motion horror show, somewhere between quack science and cult teachings, with staffers devoid of qualifications.
Its sad stuff, criminal really, but it seems handpicked to be digestible, to upset audiences just enough so that they can feel it but not so much as t ..
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I almost choked on a cough drop when Jared griped about the abundance of typos in Love in Actions printed material, and a speech that one counselor gi ..
While the film features a phenomenal ensemble cast and shines a blinding light on a topic that desperately needs to be discussed, the end result feels ..
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This film is somewhat understated, but it fits the subject matter well.
Its not a movie about Christianity, but it affirms the power of forgiveness.
But Boy Erased is exceedingly self satisfied about its condemnation.
The 400 Word Review: Boy Erased Great performances lift the family drama.But was a better movie left behind
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This is a deeply complex subject, and while Boy Erased does well to introduce the uninitiated into both the motivations of those engaging in such trea ..
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Boy Erased packs a wallop, but its not interested in anything but evoking despair.
I appreciate the realism and subtlety he was striving for here, but I think he went too far. Sometimes I just want a little more movie in my movie.
Its never easy for a message movie to provide its message without underlining, bolding and italicizing to make sure it gets through but this one does.
Its a great visual metaphor for the journey to come, the viewers first glimpse of the protagonist offering no hints to his true feelings.
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Boy Erased features great performances and tells an essential story; which makes it all the more conflicting that it leaves you pretty vacant.
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The conversion therapy aspect of the film is occasionally clinical, lacking in overall momentum.
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The one exception is a brief episode filled with horror tropes that leads to a predictable outcome (you will have no problem guessing which character ..
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Hedges brings Conleys inner struggles to the big screen is compelling fashion a young man torn between who he wants to be and who his family thinks he ..
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Takes a difficult subject a teens experience with gay conversion therapy and turns it into a lulling, dont rock the boat drama, devaluing the trauma o ..
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At the movies end, however, theres a touching real life coda that sends a message of love.
It did, but what about the wider audience.Maybe its the subject matter, but Boy Erased is a pretty good horror flick.
In some ways it even lacks the temerity to bolster the familys convicted faith, instead opting for more respectful and uninvolving distance.
Otherwise, this is a competently enough made drama with a few moments that speak to its greater intentions.
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Quietly exasperating is the only note I took during Boy Erased , but it encapsulates much about what makes J oel Edgerton s latest film such a unique ..
This film could easily step over the line into Lifetime movie sappiness territory, but Edgertons astute script and direction keeps it grounded in real ..
Hedges is an efficient, expressive actor, and has the knack for conveying complex information with a look or a gesture, as he does here, suggesting th ..
It will not break any barriers, but it will surely shatter hearts.
A haunting and aesthetically banal entrant into the gay torture canon, Joel Edgertons Boy Erased takes its subject matter from Garrard Conleys book Bo ..
Boy Erased is a distressing story told with compassion through its incredible leads and thoughtful direction from Joel Edgerton.
More than a coping tool, it serves as the opposite of the dehumanizing treatment it dramatizes: bridge building therapy that allows clashing worldview ..
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