Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
. . . Yet if The History Boys isn’t quite a movie, it is wonderful in its own way, as a slightly abridged and easily consumed version of the Alan Bennett play which won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. Because most of us missed it in the West End and on Broadway, the film is a welcome compromise. We might not have the full experience, but we are able to apprehend the intellectual playfulness of the piece; we get the drift of Bennett’s generous wit and interesting mind.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
The current of intellectual energy snapping through “The History Boys,” the ferociously engaging screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s Tony Award-winning play, set in a boys’ school in northern England in 1983, feels like electrical brain stimulation. . .
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
. . . The movie adaptation has been lifted from the theater with original cast and director Nicholas Hytner intact; the actors interact as cozily as chums on a playing field, even when the camera fusses with landscape long shots in an effort to think outside the stage, and in reaction-shot close-ups that fondle the boys'...faces.