Boy Reviews

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Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 22, 2012
"Boy," from New Zealand, has its charms, most of them to do with Boy, an 11-year-old pop-culture enthusiast who's obsessed with Michael Jackson and moonwalking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 17, 2012
Taika Waititi's journey into the heart and soul of an 11-year-old boy in New Zealand will take you back, regardless of your country.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 16, 2012
Their hopeful, honest faces outweigh the dialogue.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2012
The children here are both remarkable, not relying on cuteness, but allowed to remain children, with the pain that brings alongside the pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 15, 2012
It's ... super-exuberant and super-affecting, thanks to the pairing of James Rolleston as the boy of the title and the filmmaker as his father.
Diva Velez
March 11, 2012
One might predict that Boy, loosely based on the 1980s New Zealand childhood of Taika Waititi, would be funny and offbeat, but the surprise is how refreshingly original, charming and emotional it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kam Williams
March 11, 2012
Think Whale Rider meets Superfly, except mama's dead instead of Freddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
March 11, 2012
Colorful visuals and sometimes overly broad sight gags communicate in a universal language [for] this heartwarming film infused with affection about growing up Maori.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2012
It's a lovely oddity, and one that will probably hit home for preteen audiences all over the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2012
Writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2012
Boy could have been a twee mush of cuteness and bathos but it's not, in large part because of the outstanding cast of unself-conscious Maori kids.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
March 5, 2012
A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire.
Todd Jorgenson
March 2, 2012
The performance by Rolleston has a precocious authenticity.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2012
The use of flipbook animation and exaggerated fantasy sequences entails a certain logic, but these devices run aground on a fairly limited sense of imagination which fails to make up for the story's essential slightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Somehow manages both to drag on and feel too short at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
March 1, 2012
Joy juxtaposed with humiliation, silliness with sadness, fantasy with reality, and none of it formulaic. The editing feels fresh, as does the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2012
New Zealand coming-of-age story has moments of beauty and warmth, but is ultimately too twee by half.
Eric Kohn
March 1, 2012
An alternately zany, sentimental, and remarkably insightful look at the quirks of a child's mind.
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
Taika Waititi has found a way to balance his offbeat sensibility with a maturing humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
March 1, 2012
Waititi's a gifted storyteller with a generous sense of humor and a confident way with actors, with Boy a great example of his agreeably idiosyncratic vision.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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