December Boys
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Prolific television and film director Rod Hardy helms this tale of four young orphans coming of age in 1960s-era Australia. Soon after the quartet leaves the orphanage behind for a seaside holiday, rumors that one of them is about to be adopted lead to steadily rising tensions among the tightly knit group. Adapted from Michael Noonan's popular novel by screenwriter Marc Rosenberg, December Boys is headlined by Harry Potter film series star Daniel Radcliffe.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"There seem to be two movies going on here at the same time, and December Boys would have been better off going all the way with one of them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Mildly involving tale of four orphan boys in the Outback"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Rod Hardy adds some whimsical touches to an otherwise cliche-filled story, but the young orphans never emerge as full-blooded characters."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"No reason to see it. No reason not to see it, either. Shrug."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"I was not charmed. I was not moved."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"The coast of Australia is an apt setting for Rod Hardy's precious drama: It's Beaches for men."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Conflicted but well-acted."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A story line involving a crusty fisherman and a giant, fabled fish plays as unintentionally comic. Other moments are visually excessive."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Particularly for Radcliffe fans, it's an agreeable journey."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The two halves of December Boys -- the pre-adolescent getting of wisdom and the adolescent getting of action -- never mesh."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Fans and industry watchers who wonder whether Radcliffe has what it takes to turn his increasingly sophisticated performances in [Harry Potter] into a full-blown adult career as an actor... can see for themselves: the kid's got talent..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Pleasant but pedestrian."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"'s hard to argue with the movie's general good spirits."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
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