Tomboy (2011)


Critic Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.


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A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion. Zoe Heran as Laure/Michael and Malonn Levanna as Jeanne are nothing less than brilliant. This is a relationship movie: relationships between children, and the even more complicated one between one's heart and body. -- (C) Rocket Releasing

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Critic Reviews for Tomboy

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (25)

Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children.

Jun 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject.

Mar 7, 2012 | Full Review…

Writer and director Celine Sciamma adorns the thorny dilemma with resonant allusions to gender roles...

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Modestly conceived and executed.

Jan 26, 2012 | Full Review…

"Tomboy" is tender and affectionate.

Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Tomboy," a brief and sweetly refreshing French film, is the story of a lie.

Jan 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Tomboy


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


These kids and the script are incredibly charming. Instantly makes the reader empathize with issues in gender confusion and root for the protagonist to maintain his perception of himself.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


In "Tomboy," 10-year old Laure(Zoe Heran) moves to a new neighborhood with her parents(Sophie Cattani & Mathieu Demy) and younger sister Jeanne(Malonn Levana). While looking out from an apartment window one pleasant afternoon, Laure sees a group of boys playing out in the park. When she finally leaves her sister and sleeping, very, very pregnant mother behind in the apartment, the boys are gone, with only Lisa(Jeanne Disson), a girl of her age, left behind in their wake. Laure introduces herself as Mikael and they run after them together, so they can join in the fun. With that simple, elegant setup, writer-director Celine Sciamma tells an evocative and naturalistic genderblender with a very belieable sibling relationship. Sadly, the movie eventually runs straight into a narrative wall. Until then, Laure is not just being a tomboy; she is passing as a boy but not 24/7, so we'll keep to the feminine pronouns.(Actually, it is not until later that she is revealed not to be a boy.) She does this to enjoy the freedoms that boys enjoy but is too young to realize the minefield of gender that she has just walked into. That's where parents come in, as the movie smartly shows how parents help to shape their children's gender.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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