(2002)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Slate
It's irresistible, damn it. Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
90
Washington Post
Hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic.
89
About a Boy knows exactly what it wants to do: It wants to make you smile, and grin, and then laugh with recognition, and it manages all three, again and again.
88
About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
We have all the action heroes and Method script-chewers we need right now, but the Cary Grant department is understaffed, and Hugh Grant shows here that he is more than a star, he is a resource.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Hugh Grant has grown up, holding on to his lightness and witty cynicism but losing the stuttering sherry-club mannerisms that were once his signature. In doing so, he has blossomed into the rare actor who can play a silver-tongued sleaze with a hidden inner decency.
80
Chicago Reader
Illuminating with their energy and wit.
80
New Times (L.A.)
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.
75
New York Daily News
A comedy hit, but its secret is that it delves deeper than the usual summer fare.
60
Variety
Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.

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