Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Boyd van Hoeij is a freelance film writer based in Paris and Luxembourg. As a critic, he has covered the main film festivals (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice...) and the major European releases for industry magazine <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> since 2013. Before that, he was a contributing critic at <em>Variety</em>. Boyd is also the film editor of <em>Winq</em> magazine (Netherlands) and a regular contributor to <em>Indiewire</em> (U.S.) and <em>Filmkrant</em> (Netherlands). His book 10/10, about contemporary Francophone Belgian cinema, came out in September 2010. He's taught film criticism short courses and dissected classic movies frame-by-frame across the globe, including in such far-flung places as Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Portugal, Ireland and Palm Springs, Calif. He's been a panelist or moderator at festivals including Berlin, Cannes and Sydney and served on the Cannes Critics' Week jury in 2015.
Favorites:
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Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: twitter.com/filmboyd

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Der Bunker (2015) Though the story's anything but realistic, this doesn't mean that it has nothing to say; Chryssos's well-paced screenplay suggests something, for example, about the dangers of burdening a child with unrealistic expectations... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Happy Birthday (Fête de famille) (2019) By the end of Happy Birthday, viewers might feel they know these flawed characters almost as well as their own family members. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet House of Cardin (2019) This is a deliciously entertaining and perceptive take on Cardin's life and how he shaped both the silhouette of fashion and branding in the fashion world and beyond. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
No Score Yet Beware of Children (Barn) (2019) It's the kind of unassuming-looking drama that slowly seeps into your bones. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
50% The Barefoot Emperor (2019) At the end of the day, this Barefoot Emperor might get cold feet, though some fun can still be had on the way there. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Life as a B-Movie: Piero Vivarelli (2019) A treasure trove of titles of post-war works from Italy that beg to be discovered or rediscovered. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) Something that gradually gets under your skin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
60% Mosul (2020) Favors a sense of you-are-there authenticity over any kind of deeper characterization or geopolitical context. The result is generically gripping but ultimately not something that lingers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019) While the three stories are modest and largely familiar, they are also topical and performed with grace and humanity... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet All This Victory (Jeedar El Sot) (2019) A handsomely made misfire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Prince (El Principe) (2019) Filled to the brim with barely clothed men but nary an idea... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be (La mafia non è più quella di una volta) (2019) Maresco doesn't really have a story angle beyond the 25th anniversary of the brutal killing of two anti-mafia judges, which feels much too superficial and thin for a feature-length film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) This story of real-life misery could play out in many different ways but few would go in the specific direction of Peter Mackie Burns' Rialto, or would tell the story quite as delicately. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
50% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) The screenplay and the actors ooze charm as well as intelligence early on but the second half is more like a sleek thriller, something that's efficient but less jocular and surprising. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) Guedres finds precisely the right tone for the material, slightly starker than pure realism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) As a viewer, it requires hard work to feel something that goes deeper than common-sense pity when confronted with stock characters stuck in a generic predicament in a nonspecific time and place. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
63% Gloria Mundi (2019) This exhaustive - and exhausting - overview of the fragility of work for lowly laborers in 21st century France lacks even one character who feels alive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) This moody, black-and-white period piece always intrigues, even if it only intermittently catches fire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
86% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) Ghost stories - and especially those aimed at arthouse audiences - might benefit from a little ambiguity and a certain poetic strangeness. But it is a problem when the story becomes nearly impossible to follow for long stretches of time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter (2019) Even though we've possibly seen it countless times before, it's still lovely to see prison tough guys slowly open up and through the use of theatrical masks feel comfortable enough to gradually slip off their own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Martin Eden (2019) The story finally runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
No Score Yet Revenir (2019) A mixed bag that exerts a certain fascination. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) An exciting debut from a new voice in Arab cinema. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet You Will Die at 20 (2019) [The main] character is so passive it is hard to feel much for him as he sits around and wastes most of what little time he has. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) It is undeniable that Sorogoyen is a master filmmaker. His work with his actors is impressive, with Nieto, in a fully bilingual performance, and Porier are both natural yet nuanced. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
No Score Yet Verdict (2019) What is almost entirely missing is any sense of urgency or character. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Too much of a good thing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% Echo (Bergmál) (2019) A multipart portrait of contemporary Iceland emerges that feels necessarily somewhat incomplete, given time constraints, but always deeply human. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet A Voluntary Year (Das freiwillige Jahr) (2019) [A] modest but lovely movie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
73% Instinct (2019) It's an ambitious and auspicious debut, even though not all of its frayed edges seem to be intentional. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
No Score Yet 7500 (2019) Intended as a 90-minute nail-biter, the film starts off strong but loses steam about halfway through and never quite recovers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
88% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Though otherwise competently assembled, this might work best as a rainy Saturday afternoon option for undemanding audiences flicking through the options of the on-demand platform of their choice. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet Let There Be Light (Nech je svetlo) (2019) The understated ending is effectively spine-chilling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
90% Monsoon (2019) Not everything in Monsoon is quite as successful as those moments on the train. But overall, this is a fascinating and thoughtful follow-up to Khaou's well-received debut feature, the 2014 Sundance premiere Lilting with Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-pei. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) What keeps the whole thing from flying off the rails is the directors' command of tone and the sincerity of Gob's performance... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
67% For the Money (Por el dinero) (2019) Feels terminally indulgent and at times even nonsensical rather than whimsical or inventive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Specials (Hors normes) (2019) Not special enough. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) An intriguing debut for arthouse aficionados. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
20% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Important subject, uninvolving movie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% Ghost Tropic (2019) A stunning little gem. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) [A] terminally indulgent macho doodle posing as a movie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Bare Necessity (Perdrix) (2019) Audiences that like their films odd and engaging will eat this up. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
60% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) There's a constant sense of deja vu and reminders of other, better films without the material ever really coming into its own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
75% Particles (Les particules) (2019) While finally too slight to set commercial venues on fire, this Directors' Fortnight title does suggest Harrison is an expert creator of mood and ambiance and has a young voice that could be further developed. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
33% 15 Minutes of War (L'intervention) (2019) As if 21st-century moviemaking magic had been let loose on a terribly conservative and hopelessly blinkered 1980s relic of a script. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
50% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) Pariser doesn't seem quite sure how to sketch the wider world around his two protagonists, with friends and colleagues floating in and out of the picture in a way that might be lifelike but that also keeps creating expectations... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
67% Papicha (2019) A lovingly acted film that, unfortunately, derails in the third act... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
94% And Then We Danced (2020) The narrative becomes both more melodramatic and erratic, with numerous subplots suddenly vying for attention and an overdose of plot getting in the way of proper characterization. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% A Brother's Love (La femme de mon frère) (2019) A Brother's Love certainly does confirm Chokri as a directorial talent to watch with something to say. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
87% Deerskin (2020) Despite a few good gags and committed performances, the nagging suspicion that this eccentric concept would've worked better as a medium-length work or even a short remains. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019