Tomboy (2011)

A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Modestly conceived and executed.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Since we are dealing with fresh-faced tweens, we are spared the gender histrionics to be found in the likes of The Crying Game or Boys Don't Cry. Those are indeed bigger films. But sometimes small things can pay off quite nicely.

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Tomboy" is tender and affectionate.

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Jeremy Heilman

Far from surprising at any point, Tomboy nonetheless holds one's attention though its sheer force of observation.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Writer and director Celine Sciamma adorns the thorny dilemma with resonant allusions to gender roles...

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Tomboy," a brief and sweetly refreshing French film, is the story of a lie.

Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

The director's low-key approach to such a seemingly complex topic really illuminates the subject in both very basic and rather profound ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A very honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity or why genders should matter, and Sciamma directs her film with simplicity,… More
John Ballantine
You rarely see a film centred on a young girl figuring out gender issues. In that regard, Sciamma's film is fascinating as is the reaction of the children… More
Letitia Lew
These kids and the script are incredibly charming. Instantly makes the reader empathize with issues in gender confusion and root for the protagonist to… More
August Seria
Truly honest, believably acted, and poignant drama about finding yourself in the midst of the people around you. A truly marvelous film for the open minded.
Walter M.
In "Tomboy," 10-year old Laure(Zoe Heran) moves to a new neighborhood with her parents(Sophie Cattani & Mathieu Demy) and younger sister… More
Daisy Maduro
Tomboy was a powerful French film of director Celine Sciamma , which brought a good character study of a 10 year old girl. Played by Zoé Héran, she was Laura… More

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