Boyhood Synopsis
A child (Ellar Coltrane) grows from boyhood to manhood over the course of 12 years.
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The Guardian

By Xan Brooks
What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.
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100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
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100

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Epic in scope yet unassuming throughout, Linklater's incredibly involving chronicle marks an unprecedented achievement in fictional...
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100

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story.
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100

The Wrap

By Alonso Duralde
As he has throughout his career, from “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused” to the lovely “Bernie” to the “Before” trilogy, Linklater proves...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The good news is you’re feeling stuff, you know? And you’ve got to hold on to that. You get older, and you don’t feel as much, your skin...
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a...
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Empire

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Linklater’s beautiful film is an extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
It's the selective but cumulative use of seemingly arbitrary but significant experiences that gives Boyhood its distinctive character and...
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Variety

By Peter Debruge
With Boyhood, Linklater has created an uncanny time capsule, inviting auds to relive their own upbringing through a series of artificial...
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The "M" word

By eyesoftexas93
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that "Boyhood" is a masterpiece. Not since "Brokeback Mountain" have I been so moved by understated and gentle performances. Kudos to LInklater for his...

Disappointing and dark... No hope

By angmalik
Very disappointed in this film. With all the great reviews I expected so much more. The only positive was watching the characters grow up. This movie had only tough situations that the family...

Trite, Boring, Vapid

By rmoffett222
If you stripped out all the cliches from this film there'd be nothing left. It opens with a boy lying on the grass contemplating the clouds. Gee, where'd I see that before? A cruel alcoholic...

Draws you in and never lets go.

By VTexAustin
2 hrs 42 mins and didn't want it to end. Just incredibly well done, insightful and real. Highly recommended....

Loved it

By jw7997
A unique and great movie; very well done, excellent cast....

Don't bother going

By dvhh
Boring movie. Poorly made....

boring, says nothing

By ianfbenton
the main character has nothing to offer. stuff happens around him and he just sort of floats. no opinions, nothing interesting. there was a lot of potential here, cool concept, but about an hour too...

Boyhood

By lrbenj
This movie was OK. It was very long & it was kind of draggy, I had trouble staying interested. It was just a long boring documentary of a not very interesting slice of life of an ordinary kind of sad...

Best movie in a LONG time

By JoshEyes
An incredible work of art and passion - a limited budget each year and a shortened filming window, along with a script that evolved along with the characters....

Boyhood

By tjg125
The film was the best film I have seen in years. The concept of filming over a 12 years, characters aging normally made you feel like you actually grew up with them. I think Rich Linkletter did a...

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Rated R | For Sexual References, Language and Teen Drug and Alcohol Use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF