'This Boy's Life' Critic Reviews

MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   36 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Full Review » 22 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    This Boy's Life is so steeped in period detail (music, cars, television shows, hair styles) that Toby and Caroline's sad, bumbling search for freedom seems secondary, almost impolite to the decor.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It is an affecting teen melodrama haunted by twisted treehouse memories.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Apparently left by director Michael Caton-Jones to his own devices, De Niro's familiar, tight-lipped intensity is entertaining and watchable. But in this Boy's Life Magazine context, it hovers close to cartoonlike.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie is very involving.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The leads work overtime to make their characters and their relationships pungent, believable, and moving.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Nicely acted but excessively bland.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Ultimately, This Boy's Life is effective because we get to know the characters, understand their circumstances, and empathize with their dreams.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Something more subtle is going on in Wolff's book, a confrontation with a richer, quirkier past and his emerging self that the movie too often brushes aside.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    An indisputably great actor is inching toward the black hole of self-parody.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Film4
    De Niro and Birkin are reliable in this atmospheric drama, but it's DiCaprio who really shines.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    This is powerful and moving stuff.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Angie Errigo Empire Magazine
    60
    A young DiCaprio steals the show in this tale of learning how to be a man, with a sly De Niro also giving a good performance, but with a plot that drags on too long.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico UGO
    80
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    67
    A powerful if familiar family melodrama with a bravura performance from newcomer Leonardo DiCaprio, who's bound to become a major actor in the future.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wally Hammond Time Out
    It's a rites-of-passage drama with the kind of period small-town setting that the director is making his own.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Plath DVDTown.com
    60
    Well acted, but bleak and slow-moving.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    60
    Well acted, but bleak and slow-moving.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg eFilmCritic.com
    80
    De Niro does great work here. Highly underrated flick.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    80
    Outstanding performances from DeNiro and Di Caprio in a tough, lyrical drama
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews
    75
    a compelling character study that is well worth watching just for Dicaprio's performance
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago