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  • Summary: Based on a true story, Brandon Teena (Swank) is the popular new "guy" in a tiny Nebraska town and falls in love with local girl Lana (Sevigny). When it is revealed that Brandon is actually a woman, Lana's family and friends put Brandon's life in jeopardy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    One of the best films of the year.
  2. An amazing work, a film that seems to gurgle up from the American heartland, resonant and fully formed, ripe with possibilities.
  3. 90
    Scorches the screen like a prairie fire.
  4. A haunting, superbly made film. But it's also an unrelentingly sad and depressing experience.
  5. 83
    A kick to the heart, and Swank is a marvel. Any problems in the storytelling are more than balanced by her wholly committed work.
  6. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    An incredible star turn from Hilary Swank.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth L. Bland
    The movie lets down the material. It's to cool: all attitude, no sizzle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 25, 2011
    The film's greatest highlights are probably the acting performances. The performances by Hilary Swank & Chloe are unforgettable and terrific. although the movie looks horribly cheap, it has a well-written script and set to be one of the best movies of 1999. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    Boys Don't Cry (which was release on October 8, 1999) has an heartbreaking true life story about Brandon Teena, who is a transgender-man (female-to-male non-operative transgender man).

    The picture explores the themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment. The film was directed and written by an (previously) unknown female film director Kimberley Price. The movie title was actually named after a song of the same name by an English rock band called The Cure. It's a of those films involving a same-sex relationship just like Brokeback Mountain (2005).

    Hilary Swank is a "down-to-earth" movie actress who portrayed the role as Brandon Teena. Here's an interesting fact about her role: To prepare for the role, she lived her life as a man for about a month, including wrapping her chest in tension bandages and putting socks down the front of her pants much the same way that Brandon Teena did. I believe this is the main reason why her portrayal was so outstanding. Boys Don't Cry was the film that made Hilary Swank into Hollywood stardom.Her performance in this film earned her her first Oscar for best actress. She deserved it.

    This is a true story about Brandon Teena and it takes place in 1993. He is the popular new dude in the small Nebraska town of Falls City. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. He even loves hanging out in gas stations and roller rinks. Life is pretty good for Brandon now that he's one of the guys.

    He also develops a relationship with a blonde beauty named Lana Tisdel (played by Chloe Sevigny). However, he doesn't mention to his friends and girlfriend that he is actually a trans man. Later in the film, his friends discover that Brandon is actually a woman. He is brutally raped and beaten by two of his friends (which of course actually happened and it doesn't count as a spoiler if anybody has heard about Brandon Teena's story). Her life, as shown in the movie, became tormented (If you are wondering about the torment, you all have to watch the full movie for yourselves).

    There is a scene in the film that employs a great cinematography structure technique inspired by a scene from Victor Fleming's" The Wizard of OZ (1939)". In the Oz film, the cinematography structure technique is in the scene where Dorothy exits her house and steps into Munchkin land.

    In Boys Don't Cry, the technique is reflected in the scene in which the audience see Brandon Teena enter a roller rink and the song "Just the Way That I Needed" by The Cars is playing. After a shot of the character, he then seen walking through the door. The viewer sees the door opening; the character goes through, the door, and the viewer go through the door. The way that they used this cinematography technique is really fascinating due to the cinematic inspiration.

    The first time I watched this movie, I was so impressed by the powerful acting of the characters. The skills of the main cast playing really make the movie. Any great film based on a true story should always hire actors and actresses with great acting talent and skills. If an actor or actress doesn't have the necessary skills, the role could turn out badly just like Faye Dunaway's (even though I still think she is an amazing actress) role as Joan Crawford in "Mommy Dearest (1981)".

    Boys Don't Cry is undoubtedly eighth best film of 1999 on my list of top ten best films of 1999. The story in the film was specifically and wonderfully written by Kimberly Price. The film depicts very well a true life story, just like several other true life depictions in: "Malcolm X", "Ray", "Alive","Lincoln", and "Raging Bull".

    "I highly recommend this movie for people, who like movies such as Brokeback Mountain and especially films that are based on true stories"." I give this film a 4 out of 4 spectacular stars!"
  3. Jul 3, 2013
    This movie is no joke. It's fierce, provocative, and tragic. I don't know if the observation that Swank and Sevigny both resemble the opposite sex is a flaw or a benefit to the story, but everything else is suspenseful and worthy of conversation. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2013
    It may be extremely hard to watch at times, but that's the point of Kimberly Peirce's intricately crafted "Boys Don't Cry," a film carried by a heartbreaking turn from Hillary Swank and some indelible thematic work. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2012
    This movie it was ok what i don't like in this movie is the brutal rape scene , but i don't like the Director ,Kimberly Peirce is Crazy who had the stupid idea of this call ,this is not funny there is a lot of Children Abuse in the world ,Kimberly Peirce the only thing she want is money for this crazy call , when ONG listen this call they want be happy Expand
  6. Dec 30, 2012
    Bad movie the story is very awful i found this film weak with no plot , only thing i like in this movie is the soundtrack , And i don't like Kimberly Peirce movies. Expand

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