Boy

Boy

86%
  • 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

John Barber
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Boy" finds hope, and love, in the oddest corners.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

April 27, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Waititi has reached into his past for a story that belongs to him alone.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 26, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 26, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Boy is a charmer, a funny and affecting coming-of-age story rendered with heart, and with nuttiness.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Boy" is a delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's serious stuff, but with a veneer of cheeky comedy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Boy'' rollicks along with bright, sunny style and, for the most part, balances its sadness with invention.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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While its airy slightness and brisk running time at times betrays its origins, its modesty also constitutes much of its homemade charm.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2012
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Boy needn't be pop-culturally fluent to be relatable; believable human characterizations would have sufficed.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

February 29, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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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).

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 28, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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The material is clearly quite personal for the helmer, though it doesn't feel particularly original.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
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