Boy Synopsis
A high-spirited boy obsessed with American pop culture, especially Michael Jackson, and prone to particularly vivid fantasies about his long-absent father.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
A delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Waititi, a popular standup comic in New Zealand, is wonderfully droll and entertaining in this acting role, which isn't all that far,...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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...
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
A funny and touching coming-of-age story.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Hyper-stylized, funny, a crowd-pleaser.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Waititi retains his quirky style, but it feels meaningful here, a valid effort to explore the difficulties in coming of age during tough...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The New Zealand feature Boy almost pulls off the trick of merging cartoonish humor and '80s pop culture with a story glancing at deeper...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
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...
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Absolutely charming

By mediaaddict
I can't rave enough about this movie. I saw it with a couple of friends. We all loved it. It's a shame that it's not getting a wider release in the US. If it is near you, I urge you to go see it!...

most charming movie ever!

By joancarlo_mdc
This is a great movie that deserves to be watch by everyone. Too bad the critics didn't quite like it, goes to show you what they know....

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By lynchone
i just liked it, i thought is was very cute and good...

Awesome!

By Cypster
Go see it!...

By jenniferfrost2010
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By daniellesilmon92
Love this movie! Go see it, you won't be disappointed!...

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By Magenta_Rocks
My favorite film at Sundance!...

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By spza
What independent theaters were invented for. A delightful mix of whimsy and heartache filmed in a gorgeous part of the world. The writer/director/star has the comic intensity of Kevin Kiline, as...

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Rated NR