Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird) leads this true story drama as a 19-year-old who comes out to his parents (Nicole Kidman & Russell Crowe). He is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Written and directed by actor Joel Edgerton (The Gift), co-starring actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Mommy).

2018Rating: R15, Rape, cruelty, offensive language and suicide references114 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
97%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

It is clear – well before a text insert appears late in the running time explaining that an estimated 700,000 LGBTQ Americans have suffered through gay conversion programs – that Joel Edgerton’s second feature film as a director is in part a work of activism. Or at least a socially conscientious drama fuelled by a bit of finger waving. No surprises there: an attempt to remove ideology from a story like this would be like trying to take the cream out of homogenized milk.

4.0

Heartfully heartbreaking

It's well-performed, emotionally powerful and heartbreaking.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Edgerton shows an admirable sense of restraint, even when hitting all the usual beats.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Boy Erased is still a respectable effort, serious and sober, about a very real, very bad practice. The film's heart is firmly in the right place.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Boy Erased" tries to be more than a simple culture-war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As a PSA it surely has a necessity and it's undoubtedly well-intentioned but as film with its heart in the right place, I just wish its heart was beating a bit louder.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Proving again that he's one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

While Edgerton's fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalising his characters... "Boy Erased" regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[A] heart-rending drama.

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

It is clear – well before a text insert appears late in the running time explaining that an estimated 700,000 LGBTQ Americans have suffered through gay conversion programs – that Joel Edgerton’s second feature film as a director is in part a work of activism. Or at least a socially conscientious drama fuelled by a bit of finger waving. No surprises there: an attempt to remove ideology from a story like this would be like trying to take the cream out of homogenized milk.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Edgerton shows an admirable sense of restraint, even when hitting all the usual beats.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Boy Erased is still a respectable effort, serious and sober, about a very real, very bad practice. The film's heart is firmly in the right place.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Boy Erased" tries to be more than a simple culture-war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As a PSA it surely has a necessity and it's undoubtedly well-intentioned but as film with its heart in the right place, I just wish its heart was beating a bit louder.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Proving again that he's one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

While Edgerton's fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalising his characters... "Boy Erased" regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[A] heart-rending drama.

Heartfully heartbreaking

It's well-performed, emotionally powerful and heartbreaking.

4.0