Critics Consensus

In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.



Total Count: 64


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A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new 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 passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion. Zoe Heran as Laure/Michael and Malonn Levanna as Jeanne are nothing less than brilliant. This is a relationship movie: relationships between children, and the even more complicated one between one's heart and body. -- (C) Rocket Releasing


Critic Reviews for Tomboy

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Audience Reviews for Tomboy

  • May 28, 2012
    An adorable movie more about innocence than that sexual issue preannounced of the title. But even so it has its message, leaving a certain vagueness in the air.
    Júnior D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    A very honest drama that raises some interesting questions about sexual identity or why genders should matter, and Sciamma directs her film with simplicity, observing her characters and using a welcome naturalistic direction to approach this delicate subject.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2012
    Tomboy was a powerful French film of director Celine Sciamma , which brought a good character study of a 10 year old girl. Played by Zoé Héran, she was Laura who moved into a new town and introduced herself as a boy. The film created a moving portrait of a lonely girl longing for acceptance, being very quiet, mostly observations she did, as she adapted herself to her new world. She maintained being the boy only to make friends but then it draw her in nothing else then complications. It think it was difficult to capture the simple, honest, and often cruel world of children, but Sciamma showed a natural ability to come with perfect dialogue and she directed these children so well that it all came to perfection.Obviously things won't end well, but when Mikael was finally discovered it was refreshingly believable,showing that people could get hurt, and it was painful to watch when it comes to children.But still it ended with a hopeful note. It's an uplifting, and such powerful film.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2011
    You rarely see a film centred on a young girl figuring out gender issues. In that regard, Sciamma's film is fascinating as is the reaction of the children she engages with.
    John B Super Reviewer

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