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In this fable set in England, Christian Bale stars as a mentally disabled man who is housebound for most of the 24 years of his life. After a dispute with his abusive father, he runs away to the countryside where he befriends John Hurt, a recluse with the strange habit of burying dead animals.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bale nimbly walks a fine line between Bobby's handicap and an increasingly mature comprehension of what he must do to survive."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Quite the off-kilter, half-baked eco-sermon to begin with, Thomas's movie crumbles in its last quarter or so like a stack of supermarket cans."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Based on a 1969 novel by the late Walker Hamilton, this moody film is ravishingly beautiful to look at and refreshingly unlike the glib, movie-centric crime thrillers so popular with younger first-time directors."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"If you can allow for one irrational and unbelievable scene involving Bobby and Summers' trip to London, you're left with a decent, small- scale movie, perhaps more suitable for video than the large screen."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A brave effort, certainly different, but all too emphatically an allegory."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[It] refuses to reduce its story to simple terms, and the visible story seems like a manifestation of dark and secret undercurrents. Even the ending, which some will no doubt consider routine revenge, has a certain subterranean irony."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Given his uncompromising work with the likes of Roeg, Bertolucci and Cronenberg, Thomas' directorial debut is surprisingly bland."
‑ , Film4
"It moves from a Cinderella fairytale with Rain Man pathos to the good-versus-evil realm of daytime soap operas (minus the sexual content)."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"The screenplay is so lacking in narrative sensibilities, it's difficult to enumerate all its failings."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Odd and banal."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"The adoption of 19th-century-melodrama conventions seems motivated mainly by a desire to tap into the emotional intensity they offer. I was enthralled by these tactics, but some viewers might gag."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Christian Bale is utterly sympathetic and engaging as Bobby. He convincingly communicates both the simplicity and chaos of his character's personality and gives the film a strong emotional core."
‑ Ilana Lindsey, Film Threat
"The ingredients all seem to be there for a rich, emotionally engrossing movie experience, but the storytelling flair and directorial touch are not."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A strangely intriguing, darkly made, psychological allegory based on the late Walker Hamilton's only novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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