Boys Don't Cry

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80

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  1. Oct 14, 2012
    5
    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 happyThis 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPTHdG-Db_E&feature=plcp Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2012
    4
    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.
  3. PatC.
    Jan 12, 2004
    6
    An unpleasant but powerful little movie where the characters are subtly saturated with the melancholy insanity of the northern prairie. The sad thing is that if Teena had actually been a guy he could have ended up with the same problems. Bigotry is wrong even when it happens to those not currently politically authorized to be victims. Such as if you're a closet masochist conflicted An unpleasant but powerful little movie where the characters are subtly saturated with the melancholy insanity of the northern prairie. The sad thing is that if Teena had actually been a guy he could have ended up with the same problems. Bigotry is wrong even when it happens to those not currently politically authorized to be victims. Such as if you're a closet masochist conflicted into thinking you are merely improperly equipped sexually, as Teena appears to be. Great performance by Swank, in spite of an incomplete examination of the issues raised that in the end forced her to come across simply as another stupid lonely kid. That's right, because we are told this is a true story, and if she's not stupid, the antagonists are stereotypes. Expand
  4. Everett
    Feb 19, 2004
    4
    Just like the other more recent "true story", "Monster", it's a very mediocre movie with a very powerful lead acting performance. The story and the supporters revolve completely around her, and you don't learn anything about them beyond that, so ultimately, you don't care when bad things happen to them. Watch it so you can talk about it at school/work/sewing circle when it Just like the other more recent "true story", "Monster", it's a very mediocre movie with a very powerful lead acting performance. The story and the supporters revolve completely around her, and you don't learn anything about them beyond that, so ultimately, you don't care when bad things happen to them. Watch it so you can talk about it at school/work/sewing circle when it comes up. Expand
  5. Sep 6, 2014
    6
    I missed part of this film but what I saw of it I thought was unbearably pretentious filmmaking which is not to say I think that gals who would rather live as guys are all full of sh**. I watch a lot of movies and as a result I have seen quite a few documentaries on the subject going in both directions. I think that filmmakers skirt over the top of this type of thing and misidentifyI missed part of this film but what I saw of it I thought was unbearably pretentious filmmaking which is not to say I think that gals who would rather live as guys are all full of sh**. I watch a lot of movies and as a result I have seen quite a few documentaries on the subject going in both directions. I think that filmmakers skirt over the top of this type of thing and misidentify overacting with strong content. Life's a whole lot of things and I suppose it doesn't lend itself well to being encapsulated in a 90 minutes frame with any degree of depth. The documentaries I've seen are very anecdotal-which is unavoidable-but they leave me feeling like the people who made them had a neutral opinion rather than being pro or con. This film is definitely pro but it also shows the persons life to e a mire of emotional turmoil which is frustrating to deal with as a viewer. Like I said, I missed part of it...how much of the film is valid emotional struggle and how much is self indulgent submersion in emotional trenches the same way a drug user submerses themselves in the world of their drug is not a question this film asks. It left me wanting to watch a cops & robbers film. Expand
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    63
    Too sketchy about her protagonist's interior life, and too fast and loose with the details of this story, to make much of an impact beyond its initial shock.
  2. 100
    One of the best films of the year.
  3. There may not be a better- acted film this year.