Boys Don't Cry
Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Louis B. Parks Powerful and unpretentious.
Peter Rainer The film is framed, too unquestioningly, as a transgender Rebel Without a Cause, with Brandon the martyred innocent who dies for her infatuations.
Gemma Files With its constant juxtaposition of blazing nighttime highwayscapes and the flat Nebraska skyline, Boys Don't Cry manages to perfectly evoke both a life spent in aimless forward motion and the stifling boredom Brandon was so desperate to escape.
Ernest Hardy Swank is impressive in the lead role.
Chris Vognar [Hilary Swank] has come out of nowhere to deliver one of the year's finest pieces of acting.
Steven Rosen One of the year's best American films!
Richard Corliss The movie lets down the material. It's too cool: all attitude, no sizzle--horror under glass.
Emanuel Levy Flawless acting by the ensemble.