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The Boys Are Back
Prime Suspect writer Allan Cubitt adapts U.K. sportswriter Simon Carr's autobiographical novel about a successful sports journalist who is suddenly saddled with the responsibility of raising two sons from different marriages, and whose unusual parenting philosophy "just say yes" brings them closer together than ever before. A quick witted rogue with a talent for covering sports, Joe Warr (Clive Owen) never took life seriously -- until the day his beloved wife died in the blink of an eye. But while Joe is absolutely overwhelmed with grief after losing his spirited soul mate, his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hicks's directing style is straightforward and unfussy - a description you could apply to this big-hearted film as a whole."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Owen, not chasing Julia Roberts or anyone else for a change, is pleasant enough making this 100-minute argument for unconventional parenting."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"I felt a level of exasperation with how the character of Joe handled his own children. I'm not a fan of men who have a problem stepping up to the role of a parent."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The Boys Are Back is poignant in dealing with the stages of grief but lets up with a bit of fun. Scott Hicks really is back in town."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Boys Are Back shows unexpected resolve to approach the central conflict with sincerity, and that small effort takes something with the potential for dispiriting routine and makes it a truly responsive motion picture."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"As the film grapples with the tension between the ideals of parenthood and the realities, the script fumbles some key moments."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A classy, intelligent, low-key affair and a fine reminder of what's really essential to most lives: family."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Clive Owen gets in touch with his sensitive side in the heartbreaking drama, The Boys Are Back."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A deeply resonant film, driven by strong performances and displaying an open affection that is too rarely depicted between fathers and sons."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Clive Owen turns a tear-jerker into a meditation on fatherhood in The Boys Are Back"
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"If The Boys Are Back takes some emotional shortcuts, it still manages to convey some of the more mystifying aspects of parenthood."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It manages to veer from touching to humorous (Warr has some rather unconventional parenting techniques) without being overly mawkish, and the sumptuous cinematography by Greig Fraser is perhaps the best commercial ever for South Australia."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"It's a fairly standard premise that is, for the most part, employed to middling effect by filmmaker Scott Hicks..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Takes pain and loss and gives it a slightly glossy treatment that holds the drama but doesn't quite get to the point of complete emotional puppetry."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Owen reveals a rarely glimpsed warmth and the father and son dynamic has charm, but sappiness keeps the film nice, rather than as good as it might have been."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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