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Boy A

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United Kingdom · 2007
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director John Crowley
Starring Andrew Garfield, Katie Lyons, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans
Genre Crime, Drama

Jack Burridge, a young man newly released from a juvenile detention sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child, tries to put the pieces together to his new life when he catches the attention of his beautiful coworker Michelle. As the two begin experiencing the thrill of connecting with a kindred soul, Jack performs a heroic feat that finds him celebrated as a local hero, and it begins to look like he has successfully made the transition into his new life.

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Village Voice by

The film's both smart and devastating as it unthreads interwoven questions about redemption, justice, and the pivotal role of history in shaping an individual and his actions.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

A compelling, compact melodrama that packs an emotional wallop. It's my nominee for sleeper surprise of the summer, at least so far.


NPR by Bob Mondello

Jack, as played by Andrew Garfield, comes across as agonized, desperately anxious to get things right -- something you might also say about the filmmakers, who have turned Boy A's very particular story into a scary, universal and wrenching social statement.


Variety by Joe Leydon

Picture inspires respect for its first-rate performances, artful construction and meticulous understatement.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

Andrew Garfield's phenomenal performance makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality, whether or not they're securely fastened together.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Director John Crowley and screenwriter Mark O'Rowe's follow-up to their feature film debut "Intermission" may follow an all-too schematic flashback structure, but the film is too brilliantly acted for that to really matter much.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Mr. Garfield's performance makes Jack so endearing and vulnerable that as he takes his first wobbly steps, like a baby bird shoved from its nest, your instincts are protective.

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