Eastern Boys 2013

Critics score:
91 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post: "Eastern Boys" never quite fulfills the promise of those first few minutes. Read more

Guy Lodge, Variety: By turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller, with far more control over these unsettling tonal slides than initially seems feasible. Read more

Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter: Campillo thankfully refrains from offering on-the-nose explications for behavior and decisions, instead letting audiences infer psychology and motivation from on-screen behavior. Read more

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: Writer-director-editor Robin Campillo has crafted an unruly yet pointed drama that should intrigue patient viewers. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The movie argues that these teens' lawless, selfish mentality is a by-product of having grown up in war-stricken countries such as Chechnya, where they lived through horrors that permanently skewed their moral compasses. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: Illegal immigration, unequal relationships and gay sex are put under the microscope in this compelling and slyly urgent drama. Read more

Diana Clarke, Village Voice: What a relief to watch this small, expert film - a pane of glass in a concrete wall - that whispers, that dares to stand still and witness ordinary human pain. Read more