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Boyhood (2014)



Critic Consensus: Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. (c) Sundance Film Fest

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Patricia Arquette
as Mom, Olivia
Ethan Hawke
as Dad, Mason Sr.
Bonnie Cross
as Teacher
Sydney Orta
as Elementary School Girl
Marco Perella
as Professor Bill Welbrock
Shane Graham
as Stanley, Neighborhood Friend #1
Tess Allen
as Nancy, Neighborhood Friend #2
Sharee Fowler
as Book Trivia Judge
Mark Finn
as Book Release Emcee
Holly Moore
as Mason's 4th Grade Teacher
David Blackwell
as Liquor Store Clerk
Jennifer Griffin
as Mrs. Darby
Garry Peters
as No Obama Man
Savannah Welch
as College Girl Singer
Nick Krause
as Charlie
Derek Chase
as Charlie's Friend
Angela Rawna
as Professor Douglas
Megan Devine
as Make Out Girl
Roland Ruiz
as Enrique
Richard Jones
as Grandpa Cliff
Tom McTigue
as Mr. Turlington
Martel Summers
as Beer Pong Guy
David Clark
as High School Band Singer
Zoe Graham
as Sheena
Richard Robichaux
as Mason's Boss
Will Harris
as Sam's College Boyfriend
Bruce Salmon
as Guitar Player
Wayne Sutton
as Beat Box
Joe Sundell
as Band Member 1
Sean Tracey
as Band Member 2
Ben Hodges
as Band Member 3
Daniel Zeh
as Band Member 4
Chris Doubek
as Guy in Diner
Andrea Chen
as Sam's Roommate
Mona Lee
as High School Teacher
Bill Wise
as Uncle Steve
Alina Linklater
as Twin Cousin 1
Charlotte Linklater
as Twin Cousin 2
Genevieve Kinney
as Woman at Party
Elijah Ford
as Jimmy's Bandmate 1
Kyle Crusham
as Jimmy's Bandmate 2
Conrad Choucroun
as Jimmy's Bandmate 3
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Critic Reviews for Boyhood

All Critics (328) | Top Critics (93)

Like Michael Apted in his Seven Up! documentary series, Linklater makes you feel as if you're watching a photograph as it develops in the darkroom.

October 11, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

An audacious effort from a filmmaker whose ability to embed the audience in his stories is unmatched.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Calling it a sum of its parts can be a backhanded compliment, but it feels like especially worthy praise for Boyhood, considering how much went into making it feel whole.

September 22, 2016 | Full Review…

'Boyhood' reveals itself as something deeper, more noteworthy and ambitious than even its remarkable production would suggest, for Linklater has given us nothing less than a cinematic approximation of human memory.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

We can quibble with small stuff in Boyhood. Supporting performances are variable, the sister drops out as a dramatic character ... I could go on. But the cumulative power is tremendous.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

While everything about Boyhood is done with extraordinary care, the master stroke was clearly the casting, 13 years ago, of a little Texas boy named Ellar Coltrane.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boyhood

A fascinating and extremely captivating project shot over the course of twelve years to follow a boy from his childhood to his late adolescence, and what is most impressive is how fluid it always is even with a fragmented nature that doesn't rely on a defined plotline.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A charming drama that amuses and captivates the audience and takes them on a journey of growing up, love and heartbreak. Fantastic cast and beautifully done!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


This movie takes a while to settle in with its grand scale yet tiny scope. There is a beginning, a middle and an end, that's almost the only way to sum up this movie. The acting and directing are good, but I would be lying if I said I didn't get bored at times during the nearly 3 hour runtime. Linklater makes very uneventful but thought provoking movies, and this is no exception. In the end however, I feel like there are better ways to spend 12 years of a directorial career.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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