The Boys in the Boat

critic Reviews

, 58% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • The Boys in the Boat tells its inspirational true story with heart and solid craftsmanship, but director George Clooney's stolidly traditional approach prevents it from leaving much of an impact.
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    Tomris LafflyTheWrap
    George Clooney’s disarmingly old-school rowing movie gets it right.
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    Helen O'HaraEmpire Magazine
    It’s unexceptionally filmed and occasionally clunky, but this is a gently heart-warming underdog story, and Turner shows real star-power in the lead role.
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    Wenlei MaPerthNow
    The Boys in the Boat is an old-fashioned and solid historical biography that ticks a lot of the right boxes. It’s not going to set tongues wagging but what it does do is tell an inspiring story with polish and a deftness befitting the genre.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    An unapologetically formulaic tale of triumph against the odds.
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    Hannah StrongLittle White Lies
    As pleasant and sedate as a pedalo ride on a spring day.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The film struggles to rally any concrete idea of what these athletes should mean to us. Supposedly it’s a film about unity... but cares little for the people beyond its perfunctory protagonist.
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    Emiliano BasileEscribiendoCine
    Although the characters sometimes lack the necessary charisma to successfully advance the plot, it is important to highlight that the boat racing scenes are masterfully filmed. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Ezequiel BoettiOtroscines.com
    Rowers with their rather basic conflicts, but functional to a story that seeks easy empathy... [Full review in Spanish]
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    Nicholas BellFish Jelly Films (YouTube)
    An emotionally frugal sports drama so elemental it strides into a creative coma, George Clooney overdoses on old fashioned aspirations.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    The Boys in the Boat offers modest excitement during the competitive sports scenes but falls short in other aspects, running out of steam well before its conclusion. Viewers are left craving more than just a trivial account of the facts.
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