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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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    [Shia LaBeouf] delivers a captivating, haunting, and brutally honest exploration of a life we think we know makes it unmissable.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    Whatever its objectives, LaBeouf's Honey Boy... is one of those aggressively emotional movies that almost dares you to look away from the screen.
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    Preston BartaDenton Record-Chronicle
    Some may chuckle and solely think of the kid who took pies to the face and screamed his head off around robots, but this cinematic account makes you want to reach through the screen and hug LaBeouf.
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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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