Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 8, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hilary Swank's acclaimed performance pays fitting tribute to the tragic life of Brandon Teena.

Ernest Hardy

Swank is impressive in the lead role.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The film is framed, too unquestioningly, as a transgender Rebel Without a Cause, with Brandon the martyred innocent who dies for her infatuations.

Cole Smithey

[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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Lyrical and galvanizing.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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

Emanuel Levy

Time has made Kimberly Peirce's dramatic debut about sexual misfit, stunningly played by Hilary Swank, even more relevant and powerful.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

One of the best films of the year!

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Boys Don't Cry not only revisits the crime, but convinces us we're being taken inside it.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...undoubtedly benefits from Swank's searing, justifiably lauded performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An over-rated, heavily manipulative film detailing the true story of Teena Brandon, a woman trying to be a man and how she makes new friends in Nebraska,… More
familiar stranger
Wanted to enjoy one hell of a life, but...... Teena could have avoided the mess, but I guess sometimes you just can't help play stupid. The consequences of… More
Melvin White
Lana: Shut up, that's your business. I don't care if you are half monkey or half ape, I'm gettin' you out of here! Boys Don't Cry,… More
Alex roy
Boys Don't Cry is the incredible true story of Teena Brandon who was born biologically female but who decided to become male. The story chronicles how she… More
Bethany Murphy
Absolutely heart wrenching! Hilary Swank deserved her Oscar and the fact that this was a true story is even more heart breaking. People in this world are so… More
Wahida K
Very touching Movie based upon true story. I m not goin to survive the last scene if I ever watch this Movie a second time.