Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 14, 2011
    100
    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: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 16, 2011
    91
    The startling power of Tomboy, a beautiful, matter-of-fact French drama about a young girl who wants to be a boy - and for one singular summer around her 10th birthday passes as one - begins with the one-of-a-kind natural performance by Zoé Héran as Laure.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 25, 2012
    88
    Tomboy is tender and affectionate. It shows us Laure/Mikael in an adventure that may be forgotten in adulthood or may form her adulthood.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 16, 2011
    83
    It's so much fun that as Tomboy moves toward its conclusion, the inevitable end of Héran's days as Mikael feels like watching someone die.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    7
    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 wasI 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
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  2. Dec 1, 2011
    8
    A classic example of a good French movie. Deep, thoughtful, intense without too much action.
    I do not remember a movie where children would
    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.
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  3. May 3, 2014
    9
    Great little slice-of-life movie showing how gender affects almost all points of life, especially for a child. The little looks, silences, andGreat 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. Full Review »