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Richard Linklater

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About the Movie

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 291
  • Fresh: 282
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 9.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Boyhood is proof that a strange magic can still bloom amidst the tragedy that buffets human life. – Paula Mejia, Newsweek, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: While everything about Boyhood is done with extraordinary care, the master stroke was clearly the casting, 13 years ago, of a little Texas boy named Ellar Coltrane. – Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: It's like a time-lapse photo of an expanding consciousness. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: Calling it a sum of its parts can be a backhanded compliment, but it feels like especially worthy praise for Boyhood, considering how much went into making it feel whole. – David Sims, The Atlantic, Sep 22, 2016

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Customer Reviews


that is just a fantastic film! Never boring or too long! Great stuff!

An amazing masterpiece

This movie was everything I expected to be I actually thought that no living director would dare to waste 12 years for 1 movie but this movie is well done

Kids say the darndest things...


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