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The courageous story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.
Roger EbertFull Review Good While left a bit on the surface and cut brief, the eventually rewarding transformation of Nancy and Marshall is what sets "Boy Erased” apart. However imperfect, Edgerton's film aims to intimately speak with parents like them and, who knows, perhaps to even change their hearts for the better.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good The fact that conversion therapy still exists in America is a maddening truth that Edgerton clearly wants to draw attention to, yet even centered on something born of such hatred, the film still places love and redemption at its core.
NY PostFull Review Good ...an affecting, not-quite-hard-hitting story that ultimately touches the heart. "Boy Erased” is about accepting our family for who they are, in whatever condition they arrive in. There is a late-night dorm room scene that will be tough for some viewers to watch.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average Jared is too much of a cipher for his story to really hit with the force that it should. You may admire the construction of certain moments...more than you feel them, or Boy Erased as a whole, in your bones.
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