About a Boy
About a Boy (2002)

Will is a 36-year-old underachiever with a fear of commitment that leads him to seek out relationships with single mothers, on the assumption that they are more desperate. However, plans go awry when he befriends with Marcus, the weird… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 17, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: About a Boy benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant's layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Even people who don't usually like Hugh Grant will be charmed by him in the scrappy, slightly scandalous comedy About a Boy.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Will is a flintier, more sarcastic and impatient character than we've seen Grant play, yet there's a core of decency about him.

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Jean Westmoore
Buffalo News

While the movie has some awkwardly executed scenes and slow spots... this is a comedy with a heart... It's funny, it's smart, it's poignant - and it's set on Planet Earth.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a thoroughly average piece of work...

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David Edelstein

Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.

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Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

If the story gets dangerously thin, Grant is pretty well flawless. And Collette, always good, is heartbreakingly believable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Rated this high cause I dig Badly Drawn Boy. And cause if must do a chick-flick, you could do a lot worse.
Jason Spencer
Nicki Marie
Nicey nice British comedy. Not even remotely believable in any way. It has not stood up to a rewatch. I remember initially enjoying this, but over 10 years… More
Melvin White
Christine: You will end up childless and alone. Will: Well, fingers crossed, yeah. I was really surprised with just how good this movie was despite the rave… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I am an island. I am bloody Ibiza!"</i> Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical,… More
Bethany Murphy
I loved this film. Hugh Grant is my secret crush and his acting isn't as bad as people say. Average chick flick really, but a great film. A definite must… More