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The Boy

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning SDH

Craig Macneill

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About the Movie

It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Macneill and his co-screenwriter, Clay McLeod Chapman, have developed a feature stunning to behold if somewhat unpersuasive in narrative. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Aug 27, 2015

Rotten: The film feels overly long, and while lingering shots of the mountain scenery do help convey the isolation of the deserted motel, too many of them feel repetitive. – Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 18, 2015

Fresh: The scariest aspect of "The Boy" is the extent to which Macneill makes it possible to sympathize with the troubled protagonist -- even as its haunting final shot hints at the horrors yet to come. – Eric Kohn, indieWire, Aug 10, 2015

Fresh: By the time the film goes out in a blazing inferno of hell-raising loneliness and tops itself off with the best final line-to-credit song combo since Killer Joe, The Boy has reached a point of stupid fun. – Carson Lund, Slant Magazine, Aug 10, 2015

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Customer Reviews


It’s a very nice movie… I would like to see more “mean” actions. The movie is very slow, but some very tense parts.

'The Boy' is a dud

This movie is way, way too slow to be worth watching. I live for the 'new and noteworthy' horror section, and struggled not to fall asleep during The Boy. The 'Variety' review likened it to watching paint dry, and I'm inclined to agree. Don't waste your time or money...


This film had plenty of opportunity to shine but it failed. The acting was poor and it just never provided any of the good scenes that it could have. Like many movies, the plot opened the way for a good movie but it never materialized.

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