From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.
For LaBeouf, the script was quite literally a form of therapy for deep-rooted issues he still struggles with and as such, it’s an inventive and admirably introspective exercise. As a film though, it’s only half as successful, not quite as involving or as stirring for us as it surely is for him.The Guardian
It’s a public exploration of very private trauma, and works because of the nuanced performances, as well as LaBeouf’s frankness in his script.Little White Lies
Directed by expressionistic documentarian Alma Ha’rel in her narrative debut, Honey Boy benefits from the filmmaker’s keen eye, even as it stuffs real-life trauma into conventional beats.IndieWire
The detail in the relationship between Otis and James is granular; the vulnerability, and indeed, the sincerity on display in LaBeouf’s screenplay is genuinely moving.Sight & Sound
Somewhere between a primal scream, a self-acceptance and even a forgiveness of sorts, this is an utterly unique bit of autobiography. Brave, bold, and a little batshit.Empire