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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
    80
    An incredible star turn from Hilary Swank.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth L. Bland
    40
    The movie lets down the material. It's to cool: all attitude, no sizzle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. May 25, 2011
    10
    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. snoopyw.
    Nov 14, 2005
    10
    Un tres beau film a voir absolument !!
  3. DeneL.
    Aug 8, 2007
    10
    This movie is truly amazing, sad, and a true tear-jerker. It was well made and even though it didn't stay true to the real Teena Brandon, Swank acting was great. Collapse
  4. Jul 3, 2013
    8
    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
  5. Sep 17, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hilary Swank's Academy Award winning performance as Brandon Teena is, of course, brave and gender-bending role. A review elsewhere incorrectly refers to Brandon Teena as a trans man.

    Based on Brandon Teena's relationship with Lana Tisdel, it is also incorrectly billed as a romance. It is nothing of the sort.

    This true story of the anatomically born (young) woman who is brutally raped and murdered after her identity is revealed.

    The story foregrounds the struggle of a psychologically tortured woman’s unsuccessful efforts to have that life-changing operation to bring her peace in both body and spirit. She is severely limited and tested by her economically poor background. The story highlights the disgusting violence perpetrated by men filled with equal doses of ignorance and hatred.
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  6. Oct 20, 2013
    7
    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
  7. 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. Expand

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