- George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat” receives negative criticism, with many finding it forgettable and empty.
- The film marks 12 years since Clooney has had a positively reviewed directorial effort on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Although poorly received by some critics, the movie still garners praise from others who appreciate its warmth and effectiveness.
George Clooney’s sports drama, “The Boys in the Boat,” has disappointed critics, further emphasizing his 12-year streak without a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently holds a 44% rating on the platform based on 32 reviews. Barry Hertz of Globe and Mail shares his view, stating, “Nine films into his directorial career now, and it is clear that the guy only operates on two behind-the-scenes wavelengths: He’ll either frustrate or bore you to death.”
Clooney’s last successful film as a director, “The Ides of March,” received an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While critics have been harsh regarding “The Boys in the Boat,” audience reception remains uncertain as the film has not yet been screened by the public and is not scheduled for release until Sunday, December 17. Chase Hutchinson of Collider expresses his opinion, saying, “For being based on such a memorable story, it’s incredible how forgettable The Boys in the Boat is.”
Despite the negative reviews, some critics still see value in Clooney’s latest project. Moira MacDonald of the Seattle Times comments, “It leaves you with an uncomplicated warmth that few films find these days.” Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter also weighs in, stating, “At times The Boys in the Boat could have used more of an edge. But like the Huskies, it gets the job done, stumbling sometimes but mostly assured.”
“The Boys in the Boat” will go into wide release across the U.S. on Christmas Eve. The film stars Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner, and Peter Guinness in a story inspired by the University of Washington rowing team that competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.