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Boy Erased

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Australia, United States · 2018
Rated R · 1h 55m
Director Joel Edgerton
Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton
Genre Drama

Jared is the son of a devout Baptist pastor in a small American town. At age 19, he is outed to his parents and faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

Edgerton, who also plays the tightly wound chief of the conversion-therapy organization here, wrings devastating performances from his cast, including Lucas Hedges as Garrard, and Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman as his parents.


The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

It’s a curiously underwhelming, muted, often plodding two hours that fails to reach the emotional highs and devastating lows one would expect from the material.


CineVue by Christopher Machell

The Oscar-nominated Hedges is, as one would expect, superb in the title role, but performances across the board are excellent.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

While Edgerton’s fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalizing his characters into their own subplots, making it hard for the movie to convey the full sweep of its emotional journey, Boy Erased regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.


The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Boy Erased has problems depicting the fear, intimidation and psychological trauma such programs can inflict on even the most willing of participants. But that’s likely because, at its core, the film isn’t really about the gay conversion experience.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Edgerton shows an admirable sense of restraint, even when hitting all the usual beats. He includes moments of quiet introspection for the characters and the audience alike.


Vanity Fair by Richard Lawson

Joel Edgerton’s earnest, solidly made film will be most effective on, and maybe necessary for, those immediately suffering under the crush of anti-gay bigotry, and those perpetrating it.


Film Threat by Tiffany Tchobanian

Boy Erased is a poignant family drama that explores the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of oneself and each other. Edgerton solidifies his triple-threat status, artfully and intelligently crafting a film that resonates with viewers and facilitates much-needed conversation during these trying times.

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