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This Boy's Life Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For This Boy's Life to work as ominous domestic drama, it's essential that we see Dwight as a flesh-and-blood monster. De Niro, unfortunately, just seems to be reveling in the chance to play another viciously demented freak, like Cape Fear's Max Cady.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film is well-paced and expertly edited, allowing scenes to flow naturally into one another.

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  • 80

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    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    He [Caton-Jones] has made the film all of a piece, making sure that the three lead performances complement rather than overwhelm each other. [9 Apr 1993, p.F1]

  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is successful largely because [DiCaprio] is a good enough actor to hold his own in his scenes with De Niro, so that the movie remains his story, and isn't upstaged by the loathsome but colorful Dwight.

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  • 90

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    The New Yorker

    Barkin and DiCaprio are sensational. Every time De Niro threatens to take over the picture, they snatch our attention right back, and always with something casual: a look or a gesture that conveys how thoroughly this mother and son understand each other.

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