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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The New Zealand feature Boy almost pulls off the trick of merging cartoonish humor and '80s pop culture with a story glancing at deeper family issues. The film has an appealing 11-year-old hero, but in the end feels half baked. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Waititi, a popular standup comic in New Zealand, is wonderfully droll and entertaining in this acting role, which isn't all that far, geography and culture notwithstanding, from Steve Zahn at his stoner best. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Boy begins with an epigram from E.T.: "You could be happy here . . . . We could grow up together." That's what the film is about - finding happiness, growing up, feeling like a stranger in a strange world. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Waititi retains his quirky style, but it feels meaningful here, a valid effort to explore the difficulties in coming of age during tough times. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This charming kid's-eye movie, full of comical and vivid detail about the lives of these cheerful children, has the loose, lanky feel of a memoir and of French New Wave films. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    A funny and touching coming-of-age story. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Hyper-stylized, funny, a crowd-pleaser. show more

  • 50
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    Less concerned with rendering the specifics of its setting (a small Maori town on the New Zealand coast) than in calling on bouts of whimsy and superficial cultural signifiers to approximate the headspace of its central characters. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    A delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson. show more

  • May 13, 2012 pandoranyc
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    wonderful, funny and touching at the same time. the entire cast was excellent. I went to see it with my husband and two sons ( aged 17 and 19). We all loved it.

  • March 04, 2012 kbensesq
    Report This User

    Excellent film.

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