Boychoir

Boychoir

Boychoir

A troubled 11-year-old boy at a prestigious music school clashes with the school's demanding choir master (Dustin Hoffman) in this uplifting drama co-starring Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger and Glee's Kevin McHale.

"Stet (Garrett Wareing) is an angry 11-year-old who can sing like an angel. Left an orphan after his mother is killed in a car accident, Stet ends up in an East Coast musical boarding school - a place about as different from his small Texas town as can be. Feeling misunderstood, out of place, and frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Stet finds himself at odds with Choirmaster Carvelle (Hoffman), a disciplinarian of the old school. But Carvelle recognizes something in Stet's voice, and pushes the boy to put his troubled young soul into the music." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2014Rating: PG, Mild bullying violence and themes103 minsUSA
DramaMusic
91%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Hoffman coaches a group of angel-voiced young men in this feel-good, yet far-from-treacly family drama.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

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Soars by grace of its clear narrative, strong cast and the pure harmonious voices that can only be described as celestial

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Hoffman's performance has a sadness, an unexplained loneliness, which gives this slightly diffident piece a centre of sorts...

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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There's nothing wrong with being uplifting, but something less predictable would have been refreshing.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Boychoir's formula is as old as The Ugly Duckling but Girard has revitalised it with a sublime score, a craftily mixed cast of new faces and big names, along with a setting that provides room for the occasional burst of originality.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Requires such large amounts of suspended disbelief that one wonders if the film is principally aimed at children.

0

Story was okay. Bit slow in parts. Was well acted. Finished as expected.

3.0
0

Story line was cliched and not really engaging or believable. Have heard better singing. Dustin Hoffman rather annoying and Debra Winger wasted in a minor role.

2.0
0

I'm sing in a choir so some bits were good. Not as engaging as I 'd hoped. It's not Billy Elliot for choirs but on a rainy day it'll kill time.

2.0
0

Well worth seeing, a reasonably engaging story, well acted if somewhat predictable.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Hoffman coaches a group of angel-voiced young men in this feel-good, yet far-from-treacly family drama.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Soars by grace of its clear narrative, strong cast and the pure harmonious voices that can only be described as celestial

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Hoffman's performance has a sadness, an unexplained loneliness, which gives this slightly diffident piece a centre of sorts...

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's nothing wrong with being uplifting, but something less predictable would have been refreshing.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Boychoir's formula is as old as The Ugly Duckling but Girard has revitalised it with a sublime score, a craftily mixed cast of new faces and big names, along with a setting that provides room for the occasional burst of originality.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Requires such large amounts of suspended disbelief that one wonders if the film is principally aimed at children.

0

Story was okay. Bit slow in parts. Was well acted. Finished as expected.

3.0
0

Story line was cliched and not really engaging or believable. Have heard better singing. Dustin Hoffman rather annoying and Debra Winger wasted in a minor role.

2.0
0

I'm sing in a choir so some bits were good. Not as engaging as I 'd hoped. It's not Billy Elliot for choirs but on a rainy day it'll kill time.

2.0
0

Well worth seeing, a reasonably engaging story, well acted if somewhat predictable.

3.0
0