The Boys Are Back Synopsis
A grieving widower (Clive Owen) struggles to raise his two sons alone.
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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...
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80

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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75

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...
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It aims -- successfully -- to make you think and feel.
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75

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...
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67

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...
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63

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...
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60

NPR

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...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The performances save the movie from a treacly inevitability.
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25

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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Finally, a well written and well delivered drama in 2009

By 11RevereCt
Nothing against the summer fare of explosions and car chases, but I have wanted a movie that shows something...distinctly human in a modern way. This is it. While Cloive Owen is the star, he does...

The Boys Excelled

By rgarfield
It's easy in a movie like The Boys are Back for the writer, director or actors to go overboard with sentimentality, wringing too much emotion from the audience. Thankfully they resisted that urge. ...

Five Word Review

By Chococherri
Watch It On Lifetime Television...

Worthy choice

By RandytheMovieFan
Serious, sad, very touching and occasionally funny, this well acted tale of the effects of death and divorce on various family members didn't need to say it was "inspired by a true story" to ring...

Touching & heart-warming

By yamanis
It's hard to think of another actor who would have the courage to play such a sensitive role- Clive Owen delivers a touching performance in a very realistic glimpse of a family. The boys are also...

Dealing with Children, Death and Your Actions

By NathanielQueen
This is a hevy one with good acting by all parties. A subtle tear-jerker of a movie depicting real life possibilities when a Father has to dea with death, his responsibilities and do all the things...

The Boys are Back

By emeraldineveryway
With a beautiful Australian backdrop this heartwarming and delightfully performed production regarding a father's challenge to regain his connection with his two sons is rich in every way! The...

going to spend more money on this one

By lovestalentmoviefan
beautiful story,intelligent and believable acting. boys were brilliant. clive is more than just a sexy guy,he's showed acting chops in a variety of roles at this point and i will always watch for...

The Boys are Back

By jgsargent
This movie is slow moving, dealing with an emotional subject. I felt the acting from Clive Owen was forced and not believable. Plot is OK, but a little thin. The title itself gives away the...

Good, but not as good as I expected

By movies4obama
Clive Owen is great, displays a range of emotion and a tenderness I've not seen before in him. But the character he is playing (despite good intentions and deep grief) is such an irresponsible...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual language and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Moving drama about loss, grief may be too heavy for kids.
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