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Boys Don't Cry Reviews

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Cole Smithey
May 28, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Kimberly Pierce's remarkable 1999 filmic version of Brandon Teena's last days is a scalding indictment of the kind of consciously ignorant intolerance that runs disgracefully through America's Heartland and Southern states.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
July 9, 2011
Time has made Kimberly Peirce's dramatic debut about sexual misfit, stunningly played by Hilary Swank, even more relevant and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 18, 2008
...undoubtedly benefits from Swank's searing, justifiably lauded performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
January 31, 2008
Nail-tough yet poetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
October 21, 2007
The shock is not in the tragic ending, but the devastating emotional effect Kimberly Peirce is able to achieve through mere nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 3, 2007
The casting is nothing short of brilliant.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 10, 2005
A suspenseful piece of work. Expect to be depressed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
May 11, 2003
Four years ago, said director Kimberly Peirce, she could not have made this film and thought it was spectacular to see the Oscars flash the subject of the story across America and around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Bittersweet gender-bender tale features great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...stark and sharply observed, with an underlying tension that does justice to its brutal sadness.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 21, 2002
In other, less capable hands, "Boys" could easily have become either a sleazy piece of exploitation or a sanctimonious look at how awful the Bible Belt can be towards people who don't follow the straight and narrow path.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 15, 2002
A devastating critique of the hatred, intolerance and bravado that lead to violence in America.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 7, 2001
...a gut-wrenching performance. I can't imagine an actor throwing herself into a role any more completely than this.
| Original Score: 7/10
March 14, 2001
Es una película difícil y por momentos amarga, pero retrata una parte de la vida y la sociedad que es muy compleja de entender y de aceptar
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
One of the best films of the year!
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gemma Files
January 1, 2000
With its constant juxtaposition of blazing nighttime highwayscapes and the flat Nebraska skyline, Boys Don't Cry manages to perfectly evoke both a life spent in aimless forward motion and the stifling boredom Brandon was so desperate to escape.
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Ernest Hardy
January 1, 2000
Swank is impressive in the lead role.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Brutally honest and expertly acted.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Lyrical and galvanizing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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