Honey Boy

critic Reviews

94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score94%
  • Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    The direction by the Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el goes a long way to making "Honey Boy" watchable, bearable, relatable. Poetic, even.
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    Written by LeBeouf and directed by documentary filmmaker Alma Ha'rel, "Honey Boy" is catharsis as compelling character study.
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    Matt OakesSilver Screen Riot
    Drawing from traumatic personal experience, Honey Boy serves as both a creator's exercise in forgiveness and self-healing and a meta cinematic experience with real dramatic weight.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    Shia LaBeouf's semi-autobiographical film is superb as the actor bares his soul. One of the best films of 2019.
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    Sarah Knight AdamsonSarah's Backstage Pass
    The uniqueness of the filmmaking situation is reason enough to see this excellent, realistic, intense film.
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    Laura CliffordReeling Reviews
    LaBeouf, sporting a balding pate mullet, walks a tightrope as his fictionalized father, the actor never turning us against the man despite his often hateful behavior.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    LaBeouf plays James with a psychodramatic intensity that's nonetheless methodical.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCombustible Celluloid
    Director Har'el gives all this a tender touch, with sequences verging on the dreamlike... 'Honey Boy' is a great act of empathy, and a catharsis.
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    Emma BatyCosmopolitan
    It takes a certain level of maturity to be able to look at the person who had a hand in messing you up and think of them in a sympathetic way and then communicate that to the rest of the world.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedFilm Festival Today
    Art as expiation of sin can be harrowing to behold, but Har'el and her cast make it work.
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