A Boy Called Dad
A Boy Called Dad (2009)

When he finds himself a father at the age of 14, Robbie is quickly catapulted into adulthood.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Starts confidently, before panicking itself into potty melodrama.

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Alistair Harkness

Sabotages any dramatic credibility with clunky scripting and increasingly preposterous plot twists.

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Ross Bennett
Empire Magazine

Powerful and affecting.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

A sympathetic study of confusion, heartache and despair.

Peter Bradshaw

A well-intentioned look at masculinity and fatherhood.

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Leo Robson
Financial Times

The film has a nicely desolate air and some sweet bonding between the two Dads. But having avoided the threat of sentimentality, the film falls prey, in its latter stages, to silliness.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Julie Rutterford's well-observed script has a lively wit, the rainswept seaside sets are atmospheric and the cast are beyond reproach but once they part company from credibility the film's spell is broken.

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Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

Shot adroitly, and combining Leone-esque close-ups with long tracking shots of the various urban and rural locations, the film prioritises the ambiguity of emotional ties over expository melodrama.

Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

There's just not enough substance to this tale of two fathers. It's a pity, as the leads both give fine performances.

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