The Boys Are Back
The Boys Are Back (2009)

"The Boys Are Back" is the true story of a man who must suddenly raise his two sons alone after the untimely passing of his second wife. The ill-prepared Joe, who is dealing with his own loss, is confronted with the daily… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Great performances by Clive Owen and The Boys save this melodrama from entering into the sappy territory it might have in less competent hands.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Hicks's directing style is straightforward and unfussy - a description you could apply to this big-hearted film as a whole.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Owen, not chasing Julia Roberts or anyone else for a change, is pleasant enough making this 100-minute argument for unconventional parenting.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

As the film grapples with the tension between the ideals of parenthood and the realities, the script fumbles some key moments.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A classy, intelligent, low-key affair and a fine reminder of what's really essential to most lives: family.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Clive Owen gets in touch with his sensitive side in the heartbreaking drama, The Boys Are Back.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

If The Boys Are Back takes some emotional shortcuts, it still manages to convey some of the more mystifying aspects of parenthood.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's a fairly standard premise that is, for the most part, employed to middling effect by filmmaker Scott Hicks...

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A touching drama with a great melancholy soundtrack by Sigur Rós and an outstanding performance by Clive Owen as an adorable character whose actions you may not… More
jay nixon
Good acting but slow and dull.
Everett Johnson
Clive Owen is one of my favorite actors, and I've wanted to watch this for quite a while, just never had time and just kept passing it up. Finally got… More
Thomas Johnston
You know going into this it will be a sentimental movie - and it is! But sometimes these movies have there place and this one is done in a way that I enjoyed… More
Daniel Perry
Would earn a higher rating if not for the overly drawn-out and weepy first act - fair enough, the movie had to show us that the hero really loved his amazing… More
Jim Hunter
This film would be pure schmaltz without the grounding, tour de force (I don't actually know what this phrase translates to, but I know it means good)… More