"Few films have so poignantly portrayed a father's relationships with his sons as "The Boys Are Back," a film by Scott Hicks that reminds you he once directed the luminescent "Shine.
Hicks builds the comic drama in meticulously observed, measured sequences from Cubitt's well-thought-out script. He is alert enough to the surrounding landscape to frame his story with wonderful images (courtesy of cinematographer Greig Fraser) of the family's rural home, nearby seaside, kids' play areas, sports arenas and, in the U.K. sequences, a boarding school and rugby pitch. You enjoy just looking at this film"
"Hicks here delivers an intimately scaled character piece that many will consider his finest work since 1996's "Shine." Besides an intuitive feel for contempo parent-child dynamics, embracing the sweet, still moments as well as the raucous ones, the filmmaker evinces an adroit sense of dramatic balance, generously coaxing emotion from the material without pushing too hard."