Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 80
    Composed of artfully used split-screen, lots of hand-held camera, and expertly honed dialogue, the film floats on currents of sadness and understated humor. It also makes Loic's existential ache almost palpable.
  2. Loic's journey is rich in incident and detail, and Garçon Stupide retains its dynamic momentum throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeanette Catsoulis
    80
    An intriguing examination of alienation and dysfunction, tonally haunting rather than melodramatic.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    75
    A caveat to viewers: This brand of movie sex, as directed by 30-year-old Lionel Baier, is emphatically not for the puritanical.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Raw, uncompromising and surprisingly explicit.
  6. Until the lean script by Baier and Laurent Guido takes some unconvincing turns in the late going, the film is a credible portrait of alienation.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Baier's interweaving of documentary-style sequences with poetic, dreamlike imagery underscores the competition between Loic's harsh external circumstance and his lyrical internal yearnings for a better life.
  8. Garçon Stupide is interesting enough to merit an audience broader than its intended niche, though it isn't perfect.
  9. 63
    Baier's style is almost uncomfortably voyeuristic, amplified by the casting of a young, inexperienced actor (Pierre Chatagny) in a part that calls for hardcore sex.
  10. 63
    Garçon Stupide was shot on digital video and is the rare piece of European sexual realism centered completely on a boy's awakening.
  11. Mostly it's tedious as we watch the photogenic but emotionally blank Chatagny bounce between anonymous sexual encounters.
  12. 50
    The real struggle here isn't so much Chatagny's slow emergence into maturity as Lionel Baier's directorial struggle to balance artful and erotic elements.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ng
    50
    The result is a better-late-than-never coming-of-age tale that is by turns earnest and corny, though never stupide.
  14. Should we really be so moved and uplifted that a horny, ignorant young man begins to join the human race? Not when our voice of conscience is an off-screen filmmaker issuing pseudo-profound, and ultimately banal, pronouncements about the true nature of love and seduction.
  15. 25
    Garcon Stupide features the best gay seduction scene ever filmed on a Ferris wheel. Unfortunately, you have to sit through the entire movie to get to it. Whether you want to will depend on your interest in explicit gay sex.
  16. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    25
    Dull and uninteresting.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ArnoldP.
    Oct 15, 2005
    7
    The in depth emtioinal insight into the life of a conflicted 20 year old is profoundly told. There are flaws that give the viewer a bumpy ride and explicitly clinical depiction of his sexual encounters to distract you from the painful coming of age emergence of the sefish self absorbed, wildly insecure child to a sensitive young man, with a too fascile sugery romantic ending to boot . Very French in style, talky, artsty, sad and poignant. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2013
    4
    "Stupid Boy" is one of the few Swiss films that have been seen outside the country. It is also an LGBT-themed film. Problem is that the purpose of lead role is unclear. What does he do? Good movie but it lacks. Full Review »
  3. LawrenzG.
    Oct 23, 2005
    8
    I watched this movie 3 times already.... 1st time in Locarno's festival.....secund time in N.Y and now at home..... I love it!!!! and love the actor Pierre Chatagny.... he is one of the Best handsome actors I've ever seen....!!!!! hope to see him acting in many many others movies. Full Review »