Boys Don't Cry Synopsis
Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) lives as a man and falls for a girl (Chloë Sevigny).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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BOYS DON'T CRY = Intense real Life Drama

By lugubriousthespian
Thought-provoking and multi-layered filming of the infamous life and death of "Brandon Teena" who was a troubled woman who passed herself off as a man in rural Texas only to become the victim of a...

Five Word Review

By Sienasilverstone
Touching Story and Best Performance...

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Rated R | For Sexual Violence and Violence
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