Owen Gleiberman
July 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Boy A

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jonathan Trigell
publisher
Serpent's Tail
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C-

Boy A is the story of a child criminal released into the world as a young adult. Yet the moment we meet Jack (Andrew Garfield), who was given the protective pseudonym ”Boy A” during his trial, he’s such a bashful, smiley-sweet wallflower you can’t believe he did what he was accused of. This overly labored, underdramatized character study is arty and morose, yet it lacks the vision to portray Jack as anything but a victim. His simpering saintliness wears you out. C-

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