Boychoir

Boychoir

Boychoir

A troubled 11-year-old boy at a prestigious music school clashes with the school's demanding choir master (Dustin Hoffman) in this uplifting drama co-starring Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger and Glee's Kevin McHale.

"Stet (Garrett Wareing) is an angry 11-year-old who can sing like an angel. Left an orphan after his mother is killed in a car accident, Stet ends up in an East Coast musical boarding school - a place about as different from his small Texas town as can be. Feeling misunderstood, out of place, and frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Stet finds himself at odds with Choirmaster Carvelle (Hoffman), a disciplinarian of the old school. But Carvelle recognizes something in Stet's voice, and pushes the boy to put his troubled young soul into the music." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2014Rating: PG, Violence and coarse language103 minsUSA
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Boychoir / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Boys to men isn’t just the name of a boy band, it’s a Hollywood genre staple. From Luke shedding his childish ways in Star Wars, to Harry growing up in the Potter series, adolescents have been making the move to manhood ever since Brando sneered as The Wild One, and Dean pouted through Rebel Without a Cause.

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Variety

Variety

Hoffman coaches a group of angel-voiced young men in this feel-good, yet far-from-treacly family drama.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Soars by grace of its clear narrative, strong cast and the pure harmonious voices that can only be described as celestial

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Hoffman's performance has a sadness, an unexplained loneliness, which gives this slightly diffident piece a centre of sorts...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

There's nothing wrong with being uplifting, but something less predictable would have been refreshing.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Boychoir's formula is as old as The Ugly Duckling but Girard has revitalised it with a sublime score, a craftily mixed cast of new faces and big names, along with a setting that provides room for the occasional burst of originality.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Requires such large amounts of suspended disbelief that one wonders if the film is principally aimed at children.

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