“It's great to see a gritty girl-gang story that's not a fingerwagging cautionary tale, or a grrrlpower fantasy.”~Kate Harris, TotalFilm
Aroview: Potent coming-of-age drama set on the margins of Paris that follows a 16-year-old girl whose poor prospects tempt her to join a girl gang to gain a sense of self confidence.
The female director of TOMBOY provides a refreshing peek into a rarely-seen, exclusively black French subculture, while the pulsing urban soundtrack includes Rihanna's "Diamonds", elevated here in a memorable set-piece of ecstatic appreciation.
4 stars (Very Good) Unique, complex view of black teenage life in the banlieues. A powerful story carried by great young women backed by a memorable soundtrack. One's heart bleeds for their longing to have an existence independent of men, sex, drugs and menial work.~Sandy
4 stars (Very Good) KARIDJA has a wonderfully expressive face & needs a minimal script. The screenplay is compact & if it dwells it is not wasting but meaningful. The fights look authentic & the music score is correctly used . All the girls perform well - move over males!~tubbs