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In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart. Read critic reviews

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A 10-year-old girl (Zoé Héran) moves into a new neighborhood and decides to dress like a boy.

Cast & Crew

Zoé Héran
Laure , Michaël
Malonn Lévana
Jeanne
Yohan Vero
Vince
Noah Vero
Noah
Rayan Boubekri
Rayan
Christel Baras
La mère de Lisa
Céline Sciamma
Screenwriter
Bénédicte Couvreur
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Crystel Fournier
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Julien Lacheray
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Critic Reviews for Tomboy

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (3)

  • Since we are dealing with fresh-faced tweens, we are spared the gender histrionics to be found in the likes of The Crying Game or Boys Don't Cry. Those are indeed bigger films. But sometimes small things can pay off quite nicely.

    November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children.

    June 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject.

    March 7, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Writer and director Celine Sciamma adorns the thorny dilemma with resonant allusions to gender roles...

    January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Modestly conceived and executed.

    January 26, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The film's greatest accomplishment is writer/director Celine Sciamma's stunning ability to draw natural, believable performances from her adolescent cast, who never hit a false note in this moving film.

    January 26, 2012 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tomboy

  • May 28, 2012
    An adorable movie more about innocence than that sexual issue preannounced of the title. But even so it has its message, leaving a certain vagueness in the air.
    Júnior D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    A very honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity or why genders should matter, and Sciamma directs her film with simplicity, observing her characters and using a welcome naturalistic direction to approach this delicate subject.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2012
    Tomboy was a powerful French film of director Celine Sciamma , which brought a good character study of a 10 year old girl. Played by Zoé Héran, she was Laura who moved into a new town and introduced herself as a boy. The film created a moving portrait of a lonely girl longing for acceptance, being very quiet, mostly observations she did, as she adapted herself to her new world. She maintained being the boy only to make friends but then it draw her in nothing else then complications. It think it was difficult to capture the simple, honest, and often cruel world of children, but Sciamma showed a natural ability to come with perfect dialogue and she directed these children so well that it all came to perfection.Obviously things won't end well, but when Mikael was finally discovered it was refreshingly believable,showing that people could get hurt, and it was painful to watch when it comes to children.But still it ended with a hopeful note. It's an uplifting, and such powerful film.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2011
    You rarely see a film centred on a young girl figuring out gender issues. In that regard, Sciamma's film is fascinating as is the reaction of the children she engages with.
    John B Super Reviewer

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