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Boyhood Review

Boyhood Rating: 3.92/5

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
Linklater’s writing is warm and insightful and the cast uniformly excellent, led by Coltrane who grows in confidence as an actor without ever compromising the film’s naturalism. Boyhood then is a true gem, and a bold, brave experiment that’s as intimate as it is expansive. It’s an emotionally affecting film with a big beating heart, and Linklater shows us that indeed life is in the little details. I’m going with four out of five. Don’t miss it.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Filmcompanion
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Renuka Vyvahare Site:Times Of India (TOI)
This ambitious effort lends supreme authenticity to the film, thus differentiating it from the standard coming-of-age dramas.In spite of being presented in an unhurried, episodic manner, you will not find this over two-hour long docu-style indie film sluggish, for it showcases the minutiae of everyday life beautifully. No wonder Linklater said, "You've never seen a movie exactly like this, and you may not again. It is a life project."
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Ratings:5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Go, get to know Boyhood. Soak it in and let it enrich you, amuse you, hold you close. Let it open your mind a little bit more toward the possibilities great cinema holds. Live it. Let this film be your jam. To paraphrase John Lennon, life is what happens when you’re busy watching other films.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff
Boyhood serves more as a checklist of experiences that a young person goes through, instead of an instrument of introspection into the pivotal moments of human life. Boyhood either lacks drama or slips into melodrama as soon as something remotely exciting begins to happen.While Boyhood is a novel concept that, when put into action, marks an important event in filmmaking, the film itself is only just bearable.Once the initial wide-eyed worship of the filming process fades away, all that Boyhood leaves you with is a faint sense of nostalgia and not much else.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Juhi Matta Site:Bookmyshow
Boyhood is a beautiful film that explores both the simplicity and the complexity of life. No matter who you are or what you’ve been through, you will be able to relate to some aspects of Boyhood. Watch it if you’re looking to enjoy a coming-of-age film that explores the beauty of life.
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    When cinema gives it back to life! Worth it!! [4/5]

    ‘Slice-of-life’ or ‘Coming-of-age’ were just some random words until BOYHOOD happens to you. This ‘Richard Linklater of BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET & BEFORE MIDNIGHT fame’ movie is anything but the most evolved & detailed cinematic experiment with human emotions portrayed ever on screen. It’s been done in such inventive and intelligent manner that you hardly look at it as a fabricated fictional product of some creative mind. In here, life happens like it does in real. Things are never dramatic but smooth, slowly but surely moving and coherent.

    When was the last time you visited your old days through a big bulky family photo album or home videos on VHS or Hi8? You get flashes of plenty moments rejoiced with family all these years. That is something like a scattered version if putting them on a timeline but with BOYHOOD, it is like being gifted to experience someone else’s life in the wide span of 12 years and by the time you’re done with it, you look back and find every piece of it having likeness of your life. Life is beautiful, really!

    As his code of performance, Richard gives us a 12-year long journey of a regular American family but doesn’t change its main cast and shoots the same cast for over 12 years in a row to give us an ample projection of falling in love and growing older & wiser with each one in the cast. So, Mason- a 6 year old [Ellar Coltrane] inquisitive son to a single mother and a visiting divorcee father [Director’s favorite Ethan Hawke] becomes an 18-year old youngster flavoring the sweetness of first love and dryness of real-life complications. His miserably disconnected relationship with her much of a controlling sister has sure come a long way for a quite mutual affiliation. The mother [played by Patricia Arquette] now, shows off more wrinkles on her face and fatty ageing lines on others. The father has added more grey shaded hair in his magnetic persona. And in all these, there are moments of being in love with life in the most natural way such as behavioral changes, physical transformations, emotional mood swings, growing liabilities, glowing feelings of the first love, wisdom of reality and historical timelines in synced with them.

    Watch out for the torment Mason goes through while losing his long hair streaks for the first time. It has happened to us all. The sibling rivalry that slowly & casually rolls into a more understanding temperament. Leaving behind a mother with teary eyes when departing for higher education or enjoying the firsts of adulthood with friends, BOYHOOD touches every inch of your life between 6-18 years. Of the performances, seeing Coltrane ageing beautifully from a poor innocent introvert kid to an inhibited but confident young man is an experience itself. Same goes with Lorelai Linklater playing his sister though the plot doesn’t give her equal space to focus more on Mason. Arguette wins accolades for her strong character who never takes a back step in life despite quite a few bad choices made in hurry. Hawke charms with his wit and positive vibes through his lovely character of a responsibly active & concerned parent.

    To sum up, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a cinematic experience worth every single penny you spend on it, though I would not say the same for the length of the film. 2 hour 45 minutes could make you restless but when it is all about something never seen before, one should not be much bothered about that little ignorable flaw! Go for it. [4/5].

    1. Unique & totally different deserve oscar...5/5


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