After spending most of his youth in prison for a brutal murder, an ex-convict (Andrew Garfield) re-enters society and tries to live a normal life.
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" Crowley, his cast and the script constantly reveal new layers to the characters, preventing simple labels like 'hero' or 'villain.' These people are all cringingly human. "
" A small, huge film about the harsh realities of rehabilitation, and the shimmering possibility of redemption. "
" Along with Garfield and the splendid Scottish actor Mullan, Crowley brings great tact to this bruising saga of atonement and moral regeneration. Though a bad seed can bring forth good fruit, will others want to pick it? "
" Although the screenplay tips our sympathies wholly in the young man's direction, it's cleverly structured to reveal the particulars of the long-ago crime, and what led up to it, in flashback. "
" An absorbing, finely nuanced morality tale. "
" Bleak but expertly rendered. "
" Boy A is one of those rare movies that takes the idea of rehabilitation seriously. In the end, it may present a worst-case scenario, but it does so with unusual depth and conviction. "
" Crowley gets a remarkable performance from Andrew Garfield: his Jack is a person who carries guilt with him even when he is trying to override it. "
" Director John Crowley, a veteran Irish theater director now working in film, is deliberate with every last element of his film. "
" Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word. "
" If Hitchcock had done a coming-of-age drama, it might have resembled this haunting, nervous, sad movie. "
" In tandem, the director and screenwriter build up a palpable suspense. Boy A will rivet you while raising issues about forgiveness and just who deserves it. "
" It makes us feel sympathy for the devil. "
" Mullen and Garfield fit well together -- both have faces you like on first sight, both have charm, both have warmth. "
" The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself. "
" There are some gaps in the movie's reality, and some O. Henry-like contrivances, but the masterful trick Boy A plays on viewers is to get them to care before giving them reasons not to. "
" Wisely, John Crowley embeds the mulling of social issues within a character study, albeit one that stylistically straddles Loachian realism and lad-movie flashiness. "
" We're introduced to more string-pulling symbolism than a movie this inherently sad ever needs. It's too much. "
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