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Boys State (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Startling, upsetting, and overall absorbing, Boys State strikingly depicts American political divisions -- and machinations -- taking root in the next generation.

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Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State--governor.

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The documentary about a political boot camp is a depressingly accurate microcosm of the American electoral circus...helpful-if only as a cautionary tale about what extracurriculars not to enroll your kids in.

August 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Boys State has noble aims when it comes to teaching teenagers how their leaders are chosen and held accountable, but Boys State shows that those aims can only do so much to keep the uglier side of that process at bay.

August 23, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"Boys State" is a remarkable glimpse at the state of politics today.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A nagging absence buzzes throughout nearly the entire film, distracting the viewer from the substance, however engaging, of what's onscreen.

August 21, 2020 | Full Review…

This is an outstanding documentary... It has you wondering how much politics is like Lord of the Flies.

August 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Boys State is one of those movies that will play differently based on both your political affiliation and whether you see the glass as half-empty or half-full.

August 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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