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Not Rated In Theaters 03/2/2012 , 87min.
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Viewer score based on 16 ratings
Critic score based on 19 reviews

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May 13, 2012
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
Excellent film.

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The New York Times
This unpretentious comic tale of a youngster's growing relationship with a long-absent father has a surprising rhythmic genius: 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
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
Boy needn't be pop-culturally fluent to be relatable; believable human characterizations would have sufficed. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story. Full Review

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