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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
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 7, 2013
This is an upbeat, often hilarious, but never mawkish, celebration of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 27, 2012
"Boy" finds hope, and love, in the oddest corners.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2012
Waititi has reached into his past for a story that belongs to him alone.
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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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 6, 2012
A performer and comedian before becoming a filmmaker, Waititi uses his comic sensibilities to keep Boy from becoming mawkish or clichéd. He has created a coming-of-age tale that is truly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 5, 2012
Boy is a charmer, a funny and affecting coming-of-age story rendered with heart, and with nuttiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
April 5, 2012
Waititi does a nice tonal juggling act, balancing eccentric characters, a 1980s setting, child-drawn animation and Maori-inflected restagings of Michael Jackson videos with the painful consequences of parental neglect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2012
"Boy" is a delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 30, 2012
This is a good-natured, goofy and often charming little coming-of-age comedy that is bright, light and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 30, 2012
It's serious stuff, but with a veneer of cheeky comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 29, 2012
Funny and touching at times, but a little bit of Dad goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 29, 2012
"Boy'' rollicks along with bright, sunny style and, for the most part, balances its sadness with invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 28, 2012
The storytelling is far from standard, from the endearingly eccentric characterizations and performances to match to the whimsical, sometimes surreal tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 28, 2012
From its pop culture addicted populace...to the exploits Boy imagines for his dad (deep sea diver, war hero, friend of Jackson) depicted by animations of Rocky's crayon drawings, "Boy" charms.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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