• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Taika Waititi
    In Theaters:
    Mar 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2013
  • Paladin Films
  • Boy
    2 minutes 21 seconds
    Added: Feb 6, 2012


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Boy Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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"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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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 Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

March 17, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Their hopeful, honest faces outweigh the dialogue.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

March 16, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2012
Diva Velez

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 Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 11, 2012
Kam Williams

Think Whale Rider meets Superfly, except mama's dead instead of Freddy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

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 Source: | Original Score: 7/10

March 11, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a lovely oddity, and one that will probably hit home for preteen audiences all over the world.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

March 9, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 8, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 7, 2012
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
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A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 5, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The performance by Rolleston has a precocious authenticity.

Full Review Source:

March 2, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Somehow manages both to drag on and feel too short at the same time.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2012
David DeWitt
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

New Zealand coming-of-age story has moments of beauty and warmth, but is ultimately too twee by half.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2012
Eric Kohn

An alternately zany, sentimental, and remarkably insightful look at the quirks of a child's mind.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

March 1, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Taika Waititi has found a way to balance his offbeat sensibility with a maturing humanity.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: A-

March 1, 2012
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