*** 1/2 (out of 4)
On one hand, amazing to watch the actors actually aging over the span of
twelve years, particularly Ellar Coltrane, the lead. The transitions as
he grows up are seamless and surprising at the same time. On the other
hand, a film that steadily, carefully captivates and wins you over. It's
a portrait of life, really. Perhaps leaves some storylines oddly
undeveloped, but in the end that's of little concern.