Boy (2012)



Critic Consensus: Boy possesses the offbeat charm associated with New Zealand film but is also fully capable of drawing the viewer in emotionally.

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The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, Boy is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Taika Waititi, Topaz Adizes
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On DVD: Jul 9, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Boy

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

Even the inevitable flaws of the low-budget production are winning, showcasing as they do the narrative artistry that makes Boy so distinctive amid current factory-written studio productions.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Globe and Mail
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A simple story of coming of age and the bitter failings of hero worship that succeeds thanks to the impressive skills of its young star.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Toronto Star
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"Boy" finds hope, and love, in the oddest corners.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Detroit News
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Waititi has reached into his past for a story that belongs to him alone.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
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A film like this would have little chance without the right casting, and James Rolleston is so right as Boy, it's difficult to imagine anyone else.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Boy is a charmer, a funny and affecting coming-of-age story rendered with heart, and with nuttiness.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Boy

Unconventional coming of age story that incorporates so much more than its (approximate) 90 minutes should let it, always feeling fresh and like the stakes are high as it wanders through its story... beautifully shot, too. Seek out this movie!

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

11/06/2010 (CINEMAS)

I'm not sure if audiences outside New-Zealand will relate to this but for those who grew up in New-Zealand like myself, well, we will get a kick out of this.

Although it is humorous, there are elements that keep the movie in check and remind us that its not always going to be funny, that sometimes we need to be serious about stuff.

The film is based around the 80's, so check out New-Zealand and New-Zealanders before "Lord of the Rings" found us a spot on the map.

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Heartfelt, funny, and sweet, BOY is a great film about a child's transformation into a man; a film that takes the familiar story of when a boy finally realizes the unmet expectations of his flawed father who had been firmly idolized and placed upon a pedestal that is now collapsed, and injects it with a narrative that is well-cast, well-acted, and steadily-paced. Never feeling too cheesy, Taika Waititi's film - Waititi both stars and directs - is genuine and natural, filled with subtle moments of humor that are ingeniously placed as well as a particular New Zealand accent that is simply fun to listen to.

Sheldon Chau
Sheldon Chau

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