88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Vibrates with exuberance and erudition.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A shrewdly acted, bittersweet comedy.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film can't hide its stage origins, and in cutting almost an hour on the journey from stage to screen some resonance is lost. But Bennett's dialogue sparkles and skewers with killer wit. Dig in.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film is worth seeing, if you have any fondness for the writer who co-created "Beyond the Fringe" and who is second only to Stoppard in his sprightly but mellow wit.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The History Boys is as much about the meaning and value of reading and learning as it is about the ho-humness of genital fondling by sir with love.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The History Boys is an erudite, sharply written film with consummate performances, but its origins on the stage are all too obvious.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The play's most acclaimed performance - rotund Richard Griffiths as the closeted teacher Hector - is great in the movie, too.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Somewhere in the translation from stage to screen, The History Boys has become an intelligent misfire. What's left is a literate but listless film.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.