"This film just feels really powerful... Raw and gorgeous."
— Amy Nicholson, FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
"As candid an exploration of stardom as they come."
— Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies
"[A] searingly personal, self-immolating childhood memoir..."
— Peter Debruge, Variety
"By inhabiting the worst periods of his life, LaBeouf delivers one of the best performances of the year."
— Matt Patches, Polygon
"LaBeouf’s script crackles with penetrating dialogue. His acting – LaBeouf portrays a version of his own father – might be the finest of his career."
— Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"In this intense, unsettling, modestly triumphant portrait of the artist as a young man, LaBeouf shows us not only how he grew up, but what it cost him along the way."
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"In many ways [it] resembles other films about chaotic childhoods, alcoholism, and abuse. It distinguishes itself in the manner it weaves the concerns of an actor into that trauma."
— Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Honey Boy may center on the impressive portrayals of three talented actors, but it’s the woman behind the camera that makes it soar. You simply can’t wait to see what she does next."
— Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
"You’ll never look at Shia LaBeouf the same way after seeing Honey Boy, the affecting movie that’s inspired by his own life. If you run into him on the street, you’ll want to give the poor guy a hug."
— Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
"In a dazzling high-wire act as actor and screenwriter, LaBeouf lets loose on his own life as a child star and his relationship with his loose-cannon dad, a role he plays himself in a live-wire performance that jumps off the screen."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Buoyed by sensitive and ferocious ensemble turns, "Honey Boy" is a cinematic salve for a tortured soul, in many regards a powerful vehicle for its star-screenwriter-subject and a vibrant narrative debut for documentary and video artist Har'el."
— Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times