The Boy (2016)

The Boy (2016)
The Boy (2016)
  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2016
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The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Critics Consensus: The Boy could have gone in any number of scary or interesting directions, but instead settles for usual jump scares scattered throughout a pedestrian plot.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly
Christian Holub
Rotten

[It] aims to set itself squarely in the fictional canon of Chucky and its brethren, but it ends up...

June 25, 2017
New York Times
Neil Genzlinger
Fresh

It ... has enough scary moments to satisfy horror fans, but you're left wondering whether it might...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Unoriginal but well-made "creepy doll" horror movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Boy is a "creepy doll" horror film. It's not entirely original, but it is well-made, and it could catch on with teen horror-hounds. While not overly gory, characters do die (both by stabbing and via suicide), words are written in blood on a wall, and there are scary sounds and jump-scares, characters fighting and being slammed around, and dead rats. A man and a woman kiss, moving toward sex, but they're interrupted; there's also some flirting and shots of a woman taking a shower (no graphic nudity) and wearing a towel and underwear. Language is infrequent but includes uses of "s--t," "bitch," and "hell." A character drinks wine in one sequence.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:January 22, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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