The History Boys
The History Boys (2006)

The film centers on an unruly class of bright, funny teenage boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a college degree. Bounced between their maverick English teacher, a young and shrewd professor hired to up their test scores, a grossly… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not quite having the impact of its original stage version, The History Boys nevertheless is a witty and involving school drama.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Taking a production pretty much intact from stage to screen robs it of its surprises. The cast seems to know what's coming, and so do we. There's not a single moment where you sense 'discovery' taking place.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The History Boys is a movie that asks questions like 'What is education really for anyway?' and asks them in an altogether witty, brainy way. It turns history into what it really is, the story of our lives.

Geoff Berkshire

The play's the thing -- the only thing -- here

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A funny thing happened to The History Boys on the way to the screen. The players are the same, the dialogue is pretty much identical, but the vibrancy of the play -- its exhilarating immediacy -- has been muted.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Full of energy, ideas and fine acting.

Cole Smithey

In attempting to absolve the perverse actions of a teacher on the basis of his apparent tutoring skills, Alan Bennett has created a dubious work of fiction that is beyond empathy or humor.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The film becomes a sermonette on tolerance. But with its one-sidedness, it fails to practice what it preaches.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The History Boys boasts a dazzling verbal cleverness%u2014the gleeful rat-a-tat of snappy banter expertly executed%u2014that doesn't keep it from also being deeply, exquisitely sad.

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Betsy Bozdech

The History Boys is much less about lighting and composition than it is about Bennett's sharp, insightful script.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
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Entertaining and humorous yet thought-provoking film with a wonderful cast and a brilliant soundtrack. Probably as far removed from reality as I am from Mars,… More
Gordon Anderson
Proficient but rather underwhelming adaptation of the stage play which had some implausible plot points and no flare. Well honed script and the context appealed… More
Thomas Johnston
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Jim Hunter
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Its the end of term in Cutlers Grammar School, eight bright young lads just got their A-level results. The headmaster is bent up on getting these boys in Oxford… More