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Taika Waititi

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About the Movie

The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. Boy, a young dreamer obsessed with Michael Jackson, lives with his brother and cousins and dreams of his long-lost father, who was sent to prison for robbery not long after Boy was born. When his father returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. “Boy” is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 70
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Joy juxtaposed with humiliation, silliness with sadness, fantasy with reality, and none of it formulaic. The editing feels fresh, as does the film. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Mar 1, 2012

Fresh: Boy could have been a twee mush of cuteness and bathos but it's not, in large part because of the outstanding cast of unself-conscious Maori kids. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 7, 2012

Fresh: A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire. – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 5, 2012

Fresh: "Boy'' rollicks along with bright, sunny style and, for the most part, balances its sadness with invention. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 29, 2012

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Customer Reviews


This is my favorite Taika Waititi film, and I loved What We Do in the Shadows. But this film has a dark heart that lends depth and gravity to all the fantasy and creates something that’s far more than the sum of it’s parts. It’s beautiful and real and I highly recommend it. It takes place in New Zealand, but the story couldn’t be more universal.

Pretty bad movie

I wanted to like this movie. I began fast forwarding after about 20 minutes and at about half way through I couldn't go any further, didn't want to waste any more of my time. The movie has some interesting characters, there was potential there. And there seemed to be some creativity in the style, but the movie was just terribly written and not very well executed overall. I also found the movie to be on the depressing side with the kids, poverty and degenerate father. Glad I didn't buy this movie.

Family Fandom

My 11 year old made me buy 'The Hunt for the Wilderpeople' it's her favourite film and we watched 'Boy' based on trying to find something for her to watch while having a lazy Sunday. It didn't resonate with us in the same humourous way the former movie did and though I had no issues, I had to turn on subtitles for my daughter, but I still really liked it and identified with some of it though I didn't grow up as badly off, there were elements I recognize. I just love the quirkiness, that darkness and the little bit of humanity coming through. I look forward to more from Taika Waititi, love his storytelling.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

Customer Ratings