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Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
One of the best films of the year.
100
Entertainment Weekly
It's Swank, however, who's the revelation. By the end, her Brandon/Teena is beyond male or female. It's as if we were simply glimpsing the character's soul, in all its yearning and conflicted beauty.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
There may not be a better- acted film this year.
100
"In Cold Blood," "Badlands," "The Executioner's Song," and now, joining those grisly milestones on the heartland hit list, and every bit their equal, is Boys Don't Cry.
100
For a movie that ends in the profoundest depths of sadness, Boys Don't Cry contains one of the year's purest moments of joy.
88
USA Today
A weeper poised to endure as one of the dominant independent features of the year.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama.
88
New York Daily News
A powerful, deeply moving tale, immeasurably facilitated by the performance of relatively unknown Hilary Swank as Brandon...smartly shot and edited, and the performances are dead-on.
88
A stirring, emotionally true testament to foolish bravery as well as shameful evidence of the severity with which it is so often punished.
88
A remarkable movie that merits a place alongside "The Executioner's Song" and "In Cold Blood" as an unforgettable depiction of tragedy in the heartland.
80
Rolling Stone
A shockingly intimate and deeply affecting film about the roots of sexual role playing.

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