90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
It's funny, moving and true, and it respects the audience's intelligence as much as the characters'. That combination, no matter the movie's label, deserves to be treasured.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film is a sharp, funny, touching tale.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
We have all the action heroes and Method script-chewers we need right now, but the Cary Grant department is understaffed, and Hugh Grant shows here that he is more than a star, he is a resource.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism but losing the stuttering sherry-club mannerisms that were once his signature. In doing so, he has blossomed into the rare actor who can play a silver-tongued sleaze with a hidden inner decency.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A comedy hit, but its secret is that it delves deeper than the usual summer fare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In addition to being a smart comedy and an excellent showcase for Grant, it's an honest movie about childhood that avoids sappiness and sentiment and goes in unexpected directions.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film. It helps also that newcomer Hoult is that rare child actor who mercifully underplays the pathos of his role.
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63

Boston Globe

Renders what should have been a wholly entertaining film into a timid, soggy near miss.
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75 out of 100
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