Lists: Drama, Avant-Garde Films, Coming of age, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "The film tells a story of a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) trying to raise their young son (Ellar Salmon). The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows."

Overall Ranking: 63 (Rank from 2014: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 84.38%
Regular 12.5%
Half-Popped 3.13%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Ben Lane100(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown100 - In bringing this epic story to the big screen and taking a moving picture of life itself, Richard Linklater truly seizes this moment in cinematic history by letting the moment seize us. It's a spectacular motion picture that simultaneously turns life into art and art into life.
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Sean Kelly100(full review)
Minnesota Man100 - The most satisfying film of 2014. Patricia Arquette is amazing.
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Adam Mulgrew100(full review)
Kevin McCarthy100
Lucien of Buzz Hub100(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread99(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes98.5(full review)
Gorgon Reviews98(full review)
Caz of Lets Go To The Movies97(full review)
Coogs Film Blog97(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies97(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin97(full review)
Stu Loves Film97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Alex Hunt Essentials97(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman95 - Boyhood is not an easy film. But it is a great one.
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Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine93 - This movie is for people who can really enjoy a less is more type of film. If you're waiting for major drama, major conflict, a clever plot twist, a kid who runs away from home or gets some girl pregnant, or worse, forget it.
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Darren of Movie Reviews 10192(full review)
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Marshall And The Movies88(full review)
ClairestBearest Reviews88(full review)
Citizen Charlie88(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
CinemaVisitor Erik85
Dave Examines Movies83(full review)
Bryan Lienesch82 - Richard Linklater deserves all the credit in the world for his industry-changing work here.
Stewart Hoffman70(full review)
Carrie B70
Movie Waffler Eric Hillis40(full review)

People Involved

  • Ellar Coltrane (Mason (as Ellar Salmon))
  • Patricia Arquette (Mom)
  • Ethan Hawke (Dad)
  • Tamara Jolaine (Tammy)
  • Nick Krause (Charlie)
  • Jordan Howard (Tony)
  • Evie Thompson (Jill)
  • Richard Linklater (Director)
  • Richard Linklater (Director)
  • Richard Linklater (Director)