100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
There may not be a better- acted film this year.
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
"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.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's Swank, however, who's the revelation. By the end, her Brandon/Teena is beyond male or female. It's as if we were simply glimpsing the character's soul, in all its yearning and conflicted beauty.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the best films of the year.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A weeper poised to endure as one of the dominant independent features of the year.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A shockingly intimate and deeply affecting film about the roots of sexual role playing.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.