Borstal Boy
Borstal Boy (2002)

Brendan Behan's famous memoir about his troubled youth formed the basis of this drama. Brendan (Shawn Hatosy) is a 16-year-old boy from Ireland who loathes the British and is eager to do something about it. Brendan sails into Liverpool,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The sentimentality of Borstal Boy feels false in contrast to the gritty life of the actual Brendan Behan.

John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

Behan's emotional growth and confused self-examination are ably conveyed by Hatosy's spirited and well-nuanced performance.

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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

Well-made but mush-hearted.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Hatosy's Irish accent was way better than I expected.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Dripping with cliche and bypassing no opportunity to trivialize the material.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A film that will probably please people already fascinated by Behan but leave everyone else yawning with admiration.

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Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

A gentle and engrossing character study.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Takes a clunky TV-movie approach to detailing a chapter in the life of the celebrated Irish playwright, poet and drinker.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Serves as a powerful reminder that children have been willing to die for the hatred in which they've been schooled for a long time now.

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Kim Morgan

Sheridan had a wonderful account to work from, but, curiously, he waters it down, turning grit and vulnerability into light reading.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
A very nice story of young Brendan Behan that shows love sometimes is found in unexpected places. As with any movie with WWII as a backdrop, there is not… More
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I think the average fan of Danny Dyer, may be a little disappointed with this film as he doesn?t play his stereotypical type of role. Performance-wise, it was… More