December Boys
December Boys (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 5, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: December Boys' location and settings are invitingly gorgeous, but the coming-of-age drama that takes place on them is uneventful and far too sentimental.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The coast of Australia is an apt setting for Rod Hardy's precious drama: It's Beaches for men.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Particularly for Radcliffe fans, it's an agreeable journey.

Emanuel Levy

Mildly involving tale of four orphan boys in the Outback

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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...

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I was not charmed. I was not moved.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

Though familiar as an old shoe, this is straightforward and well told.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Rod Hardy adds some whimsical touches to an otherwise cliche-filled story, but the young orphans never emerge as full-blooded characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
I liked it! But it's pretty lacky with the plot!
Red Lats
I usually like coming-of-age stories, and this one is OK too. This one focuses on four orphans who happen into a month-long holiday at the other end of… More
Alice Shen
Kinda sweet, but ultimately forgettable. Dan is okay in the angry climax, doofy in the love scene, and really uncoordinated when he's running.
Dean McKenna
The outback orphanage (four boys) of the 1950s calls them <i>December Boys</i> is a poignant memoir of friendship and family, outstanding and… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Okay, I know what you're thinking 'What the hell is Harry Potter doing in the outback??" But seriously, you guys should give this a chance...I… More
Andreia Cordeiro
It's nothing new and original, it's the same old story about orphans. Daniel Radcliffe did a good job in the angry bits, but felt a bit awkward acting… More