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About the Movie
From award-winning playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) comes this delightfully witty comedy of eight boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They're aided on their quest by two teachers, a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric, whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success. Adapted from the original Tony Award winning play and starring the original Tony Award winning cast, "The History Boys" is an engaging, thought-provoking, and wickedly funny look at history, the pursuit of knowledge, and the utter randomness of life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 105
- Fresh: 68
- Rotten: 37
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If you take The History Boys as a filmed record of a somewhat unexpected stage phenom foremost, chances are you'll relax into and let some performers take it from there.
Fresh: This is achingly perceptive writing that director Nicholas Hytner, working with the same superb cast that performed in London and on Broadway, brings to life.
Fresh: The movie was made while the actors were still performing the stage version, and they modulate their performances for the screen admirably, even if the film is not quite as engaging as the play.
Rotten: The film becomes a sermonette on tolerance. But with its one-sidedness, it fails to practice what it preaches.
Just an amazing movie. I wish I could have seen the theater production. The acting is superb and the dialogue is witty, sometimes powerful. It is controversial, but amazingly open. Be prepared to deal with some taboo subjects handled in a suprsingly mature way. Stick with it and you will be rewarded!
This is a great, mature movie that touches upon some...unique circumstances and has quite a profound feel to it. I wish Itunes provided the soundtrack as well.
This movie is fantastic! I wish I could have seen the show. The characters are all well developed, very witty, and perfectly charming. This is one of my all time favorite movies. I could watch it again and again!