Boy Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
The momentum from the opening dissipates early and without a real engine pushing the movie foward, it begins to drag...the film is 87 minutes and feels like it's 2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Boy needn't be pop-culturally fluent to be relatable; believable human characterizations would have sufficed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 23, 2012
The material is clearly quite personal for the helmer, though it doesn't feel particularly original.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 29, 2012
Homegrown though it often feels, the film is hurt by a distinct lack of budget; how else to explain why "Thriller," or any song at all by Michael Jackson, never appears?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
E.T., Musical Youth, and Shogun also turn up, but these pop-culture signifiers aren't enough to make up for the lack of a plot (or even a purpose).
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 28, 2012
The title character's charm cannot make up for the film's lack of a narrative center
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
August 24, 2012
It's one of those flicks that has more resonance than you may at first realize and a level of charm that few films contain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Barber
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2012
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 | 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
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
It is far from a bad film; in fact, it's totally pleasant and enjoyable. Due to all the money it collected in its New Zealand release, it will receive both hype and criticism disproportionate to its quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mitchell
Trespass
August 26, 2010
With plenty of charm and humour, Boy is shaping up as the feel-good film of the year.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 24, 2010
It starts out as a fairly innocuous comedy but it gradually develops into something more dramatic, more meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
August 26, 2010
Boy contains very little 'quirk for quirk's sake' -- and that's no mean feat for a film that's replete with 'nudge-nudge-wink-wink' 80s nostalgia, music video recreations, and a key character who may or may not be a superhero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 12, 2010
All the performances are wonderful and frankly films are rarely this genuine and consistently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
Rolleston's winning presence doubtless has much to do with the fact that Boy is a record-breaking hit in its home country, but there's some salt mixed in with the film's sugar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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