Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Andrew Garfield's phenomenal performance makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality, whether or not they're securely fastened together.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Mullen and Garfield anchor the film. Mullen, that splendid Scottish actor ("My Name Is Joe") and Garfield, 24, with his boyish face and friendly grin.
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By Bob Mondello
Jack, as played by Andrew Garfield, comes across as agonized, desperately anxious to get things right -- something you might also say about the filmmakers, who have turned Boy A's very particular story into a scary, universal and wrenching social statement.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Like "Control," the recent Anton Corbijn treatment of rock star Ian Curtis' short life, the powerful British drama Boy A announces its gravitas with a look--organically achieved, with cinematography, production design and direction working together--you are meant to notice.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Director John Crowley and screenwriter Mark O'Rowe's follow-up to their feature film debut "Intermission" may follow an all-too schematic flashback structure, but the film is too brilliantly acted for that to really matter much.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Boy A comes frustratingly close to succeeding as tragedy.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie about an early twentysomething.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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