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Boy Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
March 5, 2012
A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Somehow manages both to drag on and feel too short at the same time.
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
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 1, 2012
An alternately zany, sentimental, and remarkably insightful look at the quirks of a child's mind.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
Taika Waititi has found a way to balance his offbeat sensibility with a maturing humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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+
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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
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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).
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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.