About a Boy
Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability Show more... to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite.
David Denby The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart.
David Edelstein Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
Colin Covert Will is a flintier, more sarcastic and impatient character than we've seen Grant play, yet there's a core of decency about him.
Richard Schickel Hugh Grant hilariously redefines the word "playboy" in the first half of this film, then gets human, without losing his comic edge, under the influence of the title waif.
Joe Morgenstern About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feelgreat movie -- genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish.
Derek Elley Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
J. R. Jones Few movies have made better use of Hugh Grant's shallow charm and amused befuddlement than this funny and well-paced adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling second novel.
David Ansen The first big studio movie of 2002 I didn't want to end.
Geoff Andrew Hornby's crises and characters can be so facile, schematic and smugly moralistic that emotional substance can get overshadowed by fluff.
Manohla Dargis There's not much more to this adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel than charm -- effortless, pleasurable, featherweight charm.
Andrew Sarris In the end, the film comes over as a messy delight, thanks to the skill, generosity and good-sport, punching-bag panache of Mr. Grant's performance.
Richard Roeper I loved the novel and I love what they did with it.
Peter Rainer About a Boy is sophisticated and nuanced, and every character is bursting with emotional contradictions.
Desson Thomson About a Boy is not only hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic, it's grounds for Hugh Grant's canonization as the patron saint of all cads.
Ann Hornaday In this winning, tic-free performance, Grant lends the shoals layer upon layer of desire, terror, ambivalence and self-awareness.
Stephanie Zacharek Rascally Hugh Grant, a beyond-awkward little boy and the makers of American Pie team up for a near-perfect comic delight.
A.O. Scott Less inventive than the one Stephen Frears put forward in High Fidelity two years ago, but also more satisfying.
Kenneth Turan It's no use pretending About a Boy doesn't have warmth and charm, because it does. But... there's a potential for something better still that never manages to get realized.
Jessica Winter Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.
Rex Reed That rare gem that tugs at the heartstrings with no manipulative sentimentality.
Peter Travers The acid comedy of Grant's performance carries the film.
Mark Adams Beautifully written and directed and packed with excellent performances.