The History Boys Synopsis
Dedicated teachers use varying means to prepare their young charges for Oxford and Cambridge.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Vibrates with exuberance and erudition.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A shrewdly acted, bittersweet comedy.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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By Balrog
A film with excellent performances and directing throughout. The roll of "Hector" by Richard Griffiths is stunning. In a scene where Hector meets with one of his students, Griffiths delivers a...

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By Kas509
I saw this on Broadway, and the movie was almost as good as the play. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, it was just the right amount of tradgedy and comedy in a movie....

If you look past the obvious, you might be able to learn something too

By phoenix78j
I suppose that everyone has a right to their own opinion. However, it amazes me that people can get obsessed with minor character flaws and fail to see the impact the story has on the characters....

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By annemorr
It was excellent: terrific story--as ambiguousteacher/student relationships usually are, great casting (the same excellent cast as in the play). I did not see the play, but was impressed by the...

Go If You Are NOT a Homophobe.

By Utopian1
As someone that has been involved in intergenerational love affairs, I endorse this film highly. It is incredibly well acted, incredibly well written and lovingly transferred to film by director...

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By mescholl07
After seeing the preview for the movie a few times, I thought it looked interesting and was worth my time. When this happens, there are some movies that disappoint you, and others, such as The...

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By NYC movie fan
having enjoyed the play on Broadway, I was eagerly anticipating the film. I am glad to report that the movie is equally as engaging as the play and well worth the time spent in the theater. The...

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By chinapooh
A very enjoyable movie. Most of the cast were the orginal actors from the stage and I wished I had seen them when they were on Broadway! And what good looking guys! One standout was the actor who...

Warning - this is not a movie about schooling!!!

By zoomie
Strictly R-rated. We went based on the purported subject matter (“A lively and entertaining disquisition on the purpose and uses of knowledge in a world that cares less about scholarship than...

Really dissapointed

By psducky
I was excited to see the movie -- after all, it earned more Tony's than other shows last year. What a bore. Big dissapointment....

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Rated R | For language and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Play-turned-movie grapples with sexuality, life.
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