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Boy Erased (15)


US drama in which a gay teenager is pressured into attending conversion therapy.

The critical consensus

Joel Edgerton once again proves himself a gifted filmmaker — but for all the craft, compelling performances and good intentions at work here, the drama itself falls somewhat short.

***(*)(*)Ben Travis, Empire Online, 04/02/2019

Well-crafted if a little under illuminating, Boy Erased is a simmering, elegantly helmed glimpse into a deeply disturbing practice that remains legal in most states.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 04/02/2019

It slaps, it stings and the lack of subtlety only makes the pain feel more urgent.

****(*)Elle Kemp, Little White Lies, 04/02/2019

A little more anger would not have gone amiss in this well-acted but strangely remote slice of Oscar bait.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 04/02/2019

Well-meaning but slightly clunky.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2019

The story pans out in ways that are more or less predictable, and the traditional twist in the tale about what homophobes are suppressing within themselves is supplied in the closing credits. At all events, it shows how homophobia creates credulous, fearful people vulnerable to the snake-oil con trick of “conversion”.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/02/2019

Director Joel Edgerton does not take us anywhere we haven’t been before.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 06/02/2019

Features about Boy Erased (15)

Boy Erased: Why Joel Edgerton wants his film to become 'redundant'.

Steven McIntosh, BBC, 07/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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