Boys Don't Cry
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Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result. In 1993, 20-year-old Brandon (Hilary Swank) leaves Lincoln, Nebraska for the nearby community of Falls City, where she sports a crew cut, favors jeans and boots, and is regarded as a man by most of the people in town. While Brandon's friend Lonny (Matt McGrath) warns her that sexual outsiders aren't looked upon kindly in Falls City, she develops a reputation for being something of a ladies' man,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the best films of the year!"
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Boys Don't Cry not only revisits the crime, but convinces us we're being taken inside it."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"...undoubtedly benefits from Swank's searing, justifiably lauded performance."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The casting is nothing short of brilliant."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Bittersweet gender-bender tale features great performances."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The film is framed, too unquestioningly, as a transgender Rebel Without a Cause, with Brandon the martyred innocent who dies for her infatuations."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Kimberly Pierce's remarkable 1999 filmic version of Brandon Teena's last days is a scalding indictment of the kind of consciously ignorant intolerance that runs disgracefully through America's Heartland and Southern states."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Nail-tough yet poetic."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A suspenseful piece of work. Expect to be depressed."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"...stark and sharply observed, with an underlying tension that does justice to its brutal sadness."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Time has made Kimberly Peirce's dramatic debut about sexual misfit, stunningly played by Hilary Swank, even more relevant and powerful."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The shock is not in the tragic ending, but the devastating emotional effect Kimberly Peirce is able to achieve through mere nuance."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Four years ago, said director Kimberly Peirce, she could not have made this film and thought it was spectacular to see the Oscars flash the subject of the story across America and around the world."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"In other, less capable hands, "Boys" could easily have become either a sleazy piece of exploitation or a sanctimonious look at how awful the Bible Belt can be towards people who don't follow the straight and narrow path."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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