December Boys Synopsis
In 1960s Australia four orphans compete to be adopted by the same family.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Tasteful and gorgeously photographed coming-of-age story.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This charming tale of a quartet of Australian orphans who share a life-altering holiday in the 1960s should appeal to sentimental adults...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film's dramatic moments are small but exquisitely rendered so that you feel the emotions experienced so many years ago. The film...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The filmmakers can't decide whether to trust the period innocence of the book (and play down their casting coup) or let the young man rip as...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie is mildly notorious for a (relatively chaste) scene in which Radcliffe's character loses his virginity. But if you're looking to...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A problematic memory play, shot through with honey-colored nostalgia, that backs nervously into darker matters.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The movie would pour nicely onto a thick stack of pancakes.
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Chicago Tribune

Juvenile viewers may well benefit from the movie. But, for the adult, it’s ultimately a film that arrives too early for the season in its...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Oversaturated with sweetness and light.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There seem to be two movies going on here at the same time, and December Boys would have been better off going all the way with one of them.
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Looks To Be A Breakout Roll

By bigrod1980
The trailer looks really good. It'll be interesting to see if Daniel Radcliffe fans can accept him as anyhing else other than Harry Potter. I really hope they can, because he's got a lot of...

December Boys - Golden

By Rusty1
Golden days for young and old is what we witness in this gentle but penetrating drama. You walk out feeling like you have been on holiday and made 4 new friends. Amazing touch with the story and...

In Praise of Daniel

By Pattie815
I saw this yesterday and all I can say is "Hooray" I was thrilled to see this departure for Daniel Radcliffe and equally pleased with the strong performances by all of the actors in this film. ...

Not Great. Not Memorable

By needbutter
It is beauitifully shot but this movie is a bit of a long drawn out mess. I got rather sleepy at one point watching it. I can tell that everyone was trying really hard to make it work and that's...

Too good to be hidden in Non-mainstream release

By assipassi
Finding this movie at "a theater near you" was not an easy feast. Alas I had to resort to fly from Raleigh NC to Atlanta GA (thank God for working for an airline) and meeting up with my best Bud to...

Very HEart Warming Movie

By krmanthathaler
Great movie. Its been a while since we have seen such innocence and simple yet sophisticated characters. It was a refreshing change from all the death and bloody movies that they make these days....

Two Thumbs Up

By slbarstow
Ok harry potter fans, this movie is way different than what you are used to seeing Daniel Radcliffe in. But the story of the December Boys is very moving of how each of the December Boys feel about...

What a sweet movie

By jenheiny9
Everything I expected in this movie. What a sweet movie....

Daniel Radcliffe Is Excellent

By ettajamesfan
A good film and a nice change up from the Harry Potter series....

excellent movie

By Sharebear
i thought the movie was great. Daniel Radcliffe can do other things then just Harry Potter and his role in this film clearly shows that he's a terrific actor....

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, nudity, underage drinking and smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says 1960s coming-of-age tale with Harry Potter star.
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