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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.

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What we think

LaBeouf is tapping into something raw and real that bypasses any sense of an 'impression.'
★★★☆☆ | Read in full: Honey Boy movie review Tom Barnard We Love Cinema

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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.
Benjamin Lee 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.
Hannah Woodhead 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.
Eric Kohn 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.
Simran Hans 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.
Alex Godfrey Empire

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06 Dec 2019