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Boy Reviews

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
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
April 27, 2012
"Boy" finds hope, and love, in the oddest corners.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 26, 2012
Waititi has reached into his past for a story that belongs to him alone.
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
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
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
March 30, 2012
It's serious stuff, but with a veneer of cheeky comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
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
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+
March 5, 2012
A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire.
March 2, 2012
Somehow manages both to drag on and feel too short at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 1, 2012
An alternately zany, sentimental, and remarkably insightful look at the quirks of a child's mind.
March 1, 2012
Taika Waititi has found a way to balance his offbeat sensibility with a maturing humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2012
While its airy slightness and brisk running time at times betrays its origins, its modesty also constitutes much of its homemade charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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).
February 23, 2012
The material is clearly quite personal for the helmer, though it doesn't feel particularly original.