Reviews: Boys State (2020)

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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A documentary about white boys playing politics and trashing the values of citizenship.
  • Andrea Chase @
    • Excerpt: It finds in this purely ceremonial exercise a stark portrait of a deeply divided country at a crossroads, and in its protagonists’ struggles, a charged journey full of suspense, disappointment, and joy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: riveting…a microcosm of the state of our divided nation as displayed by seventeen year-old boys, predominantly white and conservative, who are at turns impressive, infuriating, silly, mean-spirited, compassionate and frequently surprising.
  • Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience
    • Excerpt: I watched the new Apple+ and A24 documentary Boys State and, sorry to break it to you, but America is nuts. Like, really. A lot. I’m allergic to nuts—anaphylactic, send me hospital kind of allergic—and I felt as if I were about to break out in hives watching Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’ compelling and unsettling new movie.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @
    • Excerpt: There’s a lot to be hopeful for in what they’ve included throughout Boys State even if the result makes the whole a two-steps forward, one-step back situation.
  • Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: Like a reality TV show cinema vérité.
  • Josh Taylor @
    • Excerpt: Boys State is a masterful piece of observational, verité cinema. It’s every bit as engrossing as something like Harlan County, USA – although the stakes of that film, about striking coal miners in Kentucky, are literally life-and-death – and carries on the grand tradition of the direct cinema approach of the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman.