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The Butcher Boy

HD   R Closed Captioning

Neil Jordan

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About the Movie

A dark journey into the mind of a troubled Irish boy whose obsession with maintaining his family's honor leads him to commit a gruesome murder and eventually have a nervous breakdown. Starring Stephen Rea ("FearDotCom," "Interview With the Vampire"), Fiona Shaw (the "Harry Potter" movies, "The Avengers"), and pop-star Sinead O'Connor. Directed by Oscar-winner Neil Jordan ("The End of the Affair," "Interview With the Vampire"). "Brilliantly bold... a brutally honest exploration of a disturbed mind that is both horrific and darkly comic... an instant classic... without a doubt Neil Jordan's most startlingly original and accomplished film..." -- Daily Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Anecdotal and increasingly chilling, The Butcher Boy moves from its early prankster spirit into parts unknown with the help of many pungent background touches. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Neil Jordan's most accomplished and brilliant film to date, Butcher Boy is satisfying as faithful literary adaptation and inense cinematic experience that brings to mind in theme Kubrick's equally brilliant Cloakwork Orange. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Jordan is remarkable in his ability to reveal people's inner lives and the interaction between everyday life and an individual's imagination and driving passions. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Mar 11, 2008

Rotten: The movie held me outside; I didn't connect in the way I wanted to, and by the end I was out of sympathy with the material. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A true gem in Irish cinema

It is so rare to come across a film that can render me speechless. The Butcher Boy was one of thoes films- Filled to the brim with complex emotions all ranging from love, compassion, fear, to rage. This story takes place in a small Irish town where nothing out of the usual takes place. Francie Brady is an imaginative young boy who loves to cause trouble with his best friend Joe. It becomes clear almost right away that Franices home life is not so wonderful. With an alcholic father (played wonderfully by Stephen Rea) and a manic depressive mother (Aishling Sullivan),he escapes into his childish imagination.
This film is filled with Irelands best, directed by Neil Jordan and is a must see!


Masterpiece of all the Cinematography. A Film more than Better than Oscars , Awards. Shown in the USA Theatres on April 03rd,1998. Participated Galway Film Fleadh on July 13th,1997, Won the Silver Bear of Berlin International Film Festival on February 14th, 1998, on Reykjavik Film Festival on January 19th, 1999 , Athens Film Festival on September 10th, 1999 Hong Kong Film Festival September 23rd, 1999 on the Irish Film Week on Hungary march 02nd , 2000 Neil Jordan it's a great Director his Cinematical Conceptions. This Film it's an inspiration for the Future Students of Cinematography

The Butcher Boy
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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