• Released
  • March 1, 2002
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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Film Threat

By Michael Dequina
Forces a self-examination that is both traumantic and revealing.
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63

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
An important and interesting story, but the reform school itself never seems terribly harsh.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A quaint, romanticized rendering.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The film moves briskly enough to be entertaining, but it can't escape the smothering hero worship that Sheridan infuses into every frame.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's really a crock: a coming-of-age boys' prison film that has only a fanciful link with Behan's life. The film is a bastard grandchild of...
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Given the serious subject matter, this adaptation of Irish writer Brendan Behan's autobiographical novel is surprisingly light and...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
My problem with Borstal Boy isn't so much with the facts as with the tone.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a film that will probably please people already fascinated by Behan but leave everyone else yawning with admiration.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film's intimations of bisexual romance have a certain innate drama that no amount of bad acting or cornball rugby matches can...
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Somewhere along the way, Borstal Boy became fatally compromised.
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