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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Less subtle than its predecessor, Tomboy is like a pint-size "Boys Don't Cry," and as such, it's practically unique. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Beautifully photographed by Crystel Fournier, Sciamma's film has a floaty weightlessness (as opposed to the heavyosity of "Boys Don't Cry") that neither judges nor pathologizes Laure. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Its young heroine is proud to be herself; there's just not much for her to do beyond that. show more

  • 80

    Laure is pleasingly uncute, with a gruff demeanor that gives way to affecting glimpses of vulnerability. show more

  • 100
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Tomboy is one of those little big films whose simplicity and concision suggest the excess of meaning that language (cinematic or otherwise) could never account for. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tomboy is tender and affectionate. It shows us Laure/Mikael in an adventure that may be forgotten in adulthood or may form her adulthood. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    A pre-pubescent "Boys Don't Cry" with a much sweeter tone, this thoughtful French comic drama follows Laure (Zoé Héran), a 10-year-old girl who yearns to be a boy. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Tomboy is as visually beautiful as its 10-year-old heroine is defiantly plain. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It may be a slim story, but its gentle humour, natural rhythm and above all authentic performances make Tomboy beautiful, intimate cinema. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Although Tomboy is as tightly constructed as a short story and as seemingly straightforward as a documentary, the parable about a small fib that grows out of control is so rooted in the rich soil of sexual identity that it entangles us. show more

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