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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A shockingly intimate and deeply affecting film about the roots of sexual role playing. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    There may not be a better- acted film this year. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A weeper poised to endure as one of the dominant independent features of the year. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A powerful, deeply moving tale, immeasurably facilitated by the performance of relatively unknown Hilary Swank as Brandon...smartly shot and edited, and the performances are dead-on. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the best films of the year. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    "In Cold Blood," "Badlands," "The Executioner's Song," and now, joining those grisly milestones on the heartland hit list, and every bit their equal, is Boys Don't Cry. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    For a movie that ends in the profoundest depths of sadness, Boys Don't Cry contains one of the year's purest moments of joy. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A remarkable movie that merits a place alongside "The Executioner's Song" and "In Cold Blood" as an unforgettable depiction of tragedy in the heartland. show more

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