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  • Summary: A family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new suburban 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 decides to pass herself off as “Mikael,” a boy different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten. At home with her parents and girlie younger sister, she is Laure: hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret. Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story, which is also about relationships between children, children and parents, and the even more complicated one between one’s heart and body. (Rocket Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 14, 2011
    Tomboy is one of those little big films whose simplicity and concision suggest the excess of meaning that language (cinematic or otherwise) could never account for.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 25, 2012
    Tomboy is tender and affectionate. It shows us Laure/Mikael in an adventure that may be forgotten in adulthood or may form her adulthood.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jan 26, 2012
    Writer-director Celine Sciamma breaks little ground here, but her story is nicely scaled to the gender-rigid world of childhood, where boys playing soccer together take as much pride in their spitting skills as any scored goal.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Nov 16, 2011
    A pre-pubescent "Boys Don't Cry" with a much sweeter tone, this thoughtful French comic drama follows Laure (Zoé Héran), a 10-year-old girl who yearns to be a boy.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Dec 8, 2011
    Beautifully photographed by Crystel Fournier, Sciamma's film has a floaty weightlessness (as opposed to the heavyosity of "Boys Don't Cry") that neither judges nor pathologizes Laure.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 1, 2011
    Tomboy is as visually beautiful as its 10-year-old heroine is defiantly plain.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 18, 2011
    Its young heroine is proud to be herself; there's just not much for her to do beyond that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 3, 2014
    Great little slice-of-life movie showing how gender affects almost all points of life, especially for a child. The little looks, silences, and subtle body language between the main character (who is a tomboy or a transgender child treated as "just a tomboy") and everyone else is spot on. Heartbreaking at times, but also tender and kind. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2011
    A classic example of a good French movie. Deep, thoughtful, intense without too much action.
    I do not remember a movie where children would
    act so naturally. My only complain: a bit slow at times. Expand
  3. Mar 9, 2012
    I really enjoyed it, but I feel like it could've been much more. It's very visceral, and the casting was outstanding, even the sister was quite incredible. But the script, the plot, was a bit shallow. Ultimately it had one point, one message and it covered it quite extensively, but I really wish it was more substantial.

    I'm quite the fan of coming of age films, but this was the most shallow one I've seen yet. If you compare this to to something like Ã
  4. Nov 11, 2013
    Tomboy is cute, catchy, all adjectives that refer to something that leaves the viewer spellbound and the children give an acting class for many adults, but in the end, does not show much. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2012
    It is just absolutely mind blowing that this movie has gotten so many good reviews. It's so terrible. I've never seen such a slow movie with uninteresting to no dialogue whatsoever. Expand