Box art for The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

drama


When a young boy claims he was expelled for something he didn't do, his father sacrifices everything to defend his family's honor. Based on Terence Rattigan's celebrated play, adapted and directed byDavid Mamet.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    97%
  • Audience Score
    76%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Dialogue-heavy period drama too slow for most tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this period drama is almost completely chaste. An adult couple shares one passionate kiss, and there is some discussion about adults embracing romantically, but otherwise the film relies on subtle romantic tension. The pre-World War I setting references the military and the possibility of war, but only as a background element.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about honesty. In the movie, the boy claims he is innocent of the charge against him. Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do?
  • How does the boy make his family believe him?
  • Why does the family sacrifice so much just to prove the boy's innocence?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    97%
    reviews counted: 13
    see all The Winslow Boy reviews
  • Audience

    76%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh:

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fresh:

- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Good period drama if a bit studied. The performances couldn't be better though.

- jjnxn, Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3 stars

Mamet's second and last foray into provocative, intriguing movies devoid of profanity. Too bad this one could find neither an audience nor an emotional climax.

- TheEssentials, Monday, June 19, 2006

3 stars

Interesting period piece family portrait. Did the boy steal the money? The Winslow family goes through a lot. There are no easy answers. Interesting characterizations by all involved. They were begging for Oscars methinks.

- YosemiteSamFan, Sunday, February 10, 2008