USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In less capable hands, the movie could have been maudlin. Instead, Hicks and Owen have created an intimate drama told with humor and emotion.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Few films have so poignantly portrayed a father's relationships with his sons as The Boys Are Back.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Owen, in a heartfelt, award-caliber performance, never goes soft. It's his core of toughness that makes the movie so funny, touching and vital.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It aims -- successfully -- to make you think and feel.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Relationships - between men and women, fathers and sons - are more complicated in real life, and The Boys Are Back deftly acknowledges that fact.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With those piercing eyes, Owen makes a lovely, soulful Joe, of course. But it's not the nice papa we want to understand here, it's the unapologetically naughty one.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Tidily arranges its raw feelings about fathering and manhood into a decent, intelligent melodrama meant to soothe audiences and provoke no one.
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By Mark Jenkins
The effect is weirdly lulling. Viewers with a special connection to this story, or a weakness for little boys and single dads, may find The Boys Are Back moving. For everyone else, the movie is merely picturesque.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The performances save the movie from a treacly inevitability.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Owen is a magnetic, sensitive presence at the center of a movie that doesn't deserve him and that barely deserves to be seen.
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57 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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