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The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Actors: Ellar Coltrane , Patricia Arquette , Ethan Hawke , Elijah Smith , Lorelei Linklater , Steven Chester Prince , Bonnie Cross , Sydney Orta , Libby Villari , Marco Perella
Directors: Richard Linklater
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-15
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  • Mike Scott

    The greatest movies, the ones that stick with us, are those that hold up a mirror to the human condition and reflect something back at us that we too often manage to overlook. Boyhood is one of those movies, and with it Linklater proves he is among the best practitioners of that art.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The film would be incalculably different if the lead role had been divided between two or three young actors for a conventional shoot. But Linklater’s patience allows us to see a thoughtful personality being formed both on and off the screen.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    A home movie of a fictional home life, an epic assembled from vignettes, Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.

    Time Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This bold movie may sound like a stunt, but it’s so much more than that. Linklater is an effortless, genial auteur, and his passions are woven through “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Here, his mellow groove becomes an everyday rhythm.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    In its own quiet way, it’s a world of marvels. Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The revelation is Arquette. While the focus is on Coltrane and how he grew up onscreen, it's Arquette that's at the center of this incredible journey. She puts herself out there year after year, getting knocked down and getting up stronger. Her final scenes have the power and heartbreak every parent knows -- it's all about holding a child's hand, then letting it go.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The good news is you’re feeling stuff, you know? And you’ve got to hold on to that. You get older, and you don’t feel as much, your skin gets tough.” This remarkable, wonderful movie helps you remember.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It’s the ultimate time-travel movie into the future, a “flowing time sculpture,” in Linklater’s own words.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Linklater’s film is very much its own hybrid creature. While the dramatic scaffolding is lightly drawn, it becomes apparent that Linklater has organized his material along certain themes, most notably that of the passage of time and the dream life of childhood.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Once in a great while I see a movie I know I’ll be listing as one of my all-time favorites for the rest of my days. So it is with this remarkable, unforgettable, elegant epic that is about one family — and millions of families. It’s a pinpoint-specific and yet universal story.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    As a film that dares to honor small moments and the life they add up to, Boyhood isn’t just a masterpiece. It’s a miracle.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Boyhood is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Boyhood is a stunt, an epic, a home video, and a benediction. It reminds us of what movies could be and — far more important — what life actually is.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    In completing this simple, beautiful project Linklater took his time. And he rewards ours.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Linklater’s newest film, a true masterwork, eschews this big-bang theory of dramatics in favor of the million-and-one little things that accumulate daily and help shape who we are, and who we will become.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    It seems almost odd to talk of performances when they're as natural and unforced as they are in Boyhood, but they're fascinating, with the adults nearly as physically altered by time as the kids.

    NPR Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    I love how Boyhood admits that, in certain ways, growing up stinks. Every character has a least one moment in which they have to heed the advice of Corinthians and put away childish things. None of them like it. Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater’s life’s work.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    An extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Living with Mason and his parents over time you feel an intimacy, an empathy, a shared stake. I’m not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I’ve ever seen, but I’m thinking there’s my life before I saw it and my life now, and it’s different; I know movies can do something that just last week I didn’t. They can make time visible.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Boyhood reimagines the coming-of-age film as family album, longitudinal character study, and collaborative artistic experiment — a mad risk that paid off in a movie that’s as transcendent as it is ordinary, just like life.

    Slate Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a decade to shoot. Yet it comes across as effortless and unassuming. Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    On rare occasions a movie seems to channel the flow of real life. Boyhood is one of those occasions. In its ambition, which is matched by its execution, Richard Linklater's endearing epic is not only rare but unique.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    In Boyhood, Mr. Linklater’s masterpiece, he both captures moments in time and relinquishes them as he moves from year to year. He isn’t fighting time but embracing it in all its glorious and agonizingly fleeting beauty.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Fortunately, Boyhood concludes on a note of such unbridled optimism, Linklater is defying you to leave the auditorium without a grin on your face. Indeed, few will after experiencing this astonishing cinematic treasure.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Boyhood is more than a movie; it is a vibrant, living thing, and it is beautiful, and it is sad, and it is wise, and it is sprawling, and it is intimate, and it is painful, and it is more than any filmmaker could have intended, and, yes… when it comes to trying to capture truth in a way that cannot be argued or denied or even summarized… I am sure that nothing will ever be this good again.

    HitFix Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    There’s a cumulative power here that transcends any rough patches. Boyhood isn’t perfect, but it’s an astonishing, one-of-a-kind accomplishment—and further proof that Linklater is one of the most daring, ambitious filmmakers working today.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Like Michael Apted in his "Seven Up!" documentary series, Linklater makes you feel as if you're watching a photograph as it develops in the darkroom.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Boyhood had the curious effect of making me feel lost, uneasy, a little alone in the inexorable march forward — and also totally, emphatically alive.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    As he has throughout his career, from “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused” to the lovely “Bernie” to the “Before” trilogy, Linklater proves himself as a filmmaker unconcerned with flash and dazzle but thoroughly compassionate and empathetic to a wide range of characters.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Liz Beardsworth

    Linklater’s beautiful film is an extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    It's the selective but cumulative use of seemingly arbitrary but significant experiences that gives Boyhood its distinctive character and impressive weight.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It’s an astonishing achievement. Linklater and his cast, who helped refine the director’s script, perfectly execute how long it takes us to become the lead characters in our own lives, and how fumblingly the role is first assumed.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Epic in scope yet unassuming throughout, Linklater's incredibly involving chronicle marks an unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • William Goss

    Like the best of fiction, it conveys greater truth about coming to terms with the world at large, and regardless of whether each individual scene is ultimately justified in its inclusion, the cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over a mere two hours and forty minutes is overwhelming. Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The profuse pleasures of Boyhood spring not from amazement but from recognition — from saying, Yes, that’s true, and that feels right, or that’s how it was for me, too.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    If the movie is about any one idea in particular, it’s about how parents do their best to stay on top of how their children grow, by taking pictures and documenting the memorable occasions, only to learn too late that most of life happens between the posing.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    With Boyhood, Linklater has created an uncanny time capsule, inviting auds to relive their own upbringing through a series of artificial memories pressed like flowers between the pages of a family photo album.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    When it's over, the sense is one of deep satisfaction - of having gotten to know a family in a way few motion pictures allow.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Linklater ambitiously shot his new effort over a period of 12 years with the same cast, showcasing what turns out to be an astonishing performance by newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who grows up from 6 to 18 before our eyes over the course of 164 minutes.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, Boyhood shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It is interesting even when nothing much happens, which is for most of its 3-hour running time.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Richard Linklater's film is an experiment in time, and one that's attentive to the audience's sense of empathy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    There’s not a great theme, a great performance or even a great scene in Boyhood. But I think it might be a great picture.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
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  • family's daily life

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  • growing up

  • domestic abuse

  • coming of age

  • parenting

  • divorce

  • family

  • divorced parents

  • abusive husband

  • 12 year time span

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  • marriage

  • school

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  • abusive relationship

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  • drunk driving

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  • child with a gun

  • grandmother grandson relationship

  • mother daughter relationship

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  • single mother

  • ex husband ex wife relationship

  • husband wife relationship

  • brother sister relationship

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  • restaurant manager

  • reference to harry potter

  • reference to obi wan kenobi

  • homophobia

  • haircut

  • reference to pavlov's dogs

  • photograph

  • guitarist

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  • pot smoking

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  • iphone

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  • girl

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  • urination

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  • bare chested male

  • family relationships

  • reference to ringo starr

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  • reference to joe biden

  • reference to john kerry

  • reference to george w. bush

  • reference to barack obama

  • reference to bob dylan

  • singing in a tent

  • singing in a car