Billy the Kid Reviews

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Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 4, 2007
It's not quite clear why Venditti thought the film's annoying teen with ADD would make an interesting subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The rough and ready filmmaking technique makes it challenging for the viewer at times, and perhaps a stricter editing discipline could have tightened the film
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 2, 2007
In the end, it's the absent father figure that hobbles the story of a decent kid unable to edit himself for better or for worse.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 10, 2008
... a window into the world of adolescence, where everything is immediate and intense and important.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2008
Without a hint of irony, he spouts off, I hope the next film I'm in is action. So do I.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2008
Watching Billy the Kid duplicates -- as much as any movie probably can -- the fascinating process of trying to figure out someone you've just met.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
December 5, 2007
It's an incredibly intimate portrait, and one that feels more universal for its refusal to court a grander significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
February 1, 2008
Billy the Kid is an unforgettable, distressing, riveting snapshot of a boy and his world; a high-speed descent into pure impulse that should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 9, 2009
Billy, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, is sympathetic, but you can easily understand why he's a social outcast. This is a film about Billy, not about his condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Kohn
New York Press
December 5, 2007
The movie marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Venditti, whose ability to convey the innocence of youth and the universal anguish of being an outsider suggests a natural ear for the emotional rhythms of growing up.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
December 4, 2007
I have seen more than 25 documentaries this year, and after a while they all start to run together, both structurally and thematically. Billy the Kid is utterly original in both respects.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 5, 2007
The documentary Billy the Kid presents the world according to a troubled teenager in Maine.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2007
Billy suggests Child is Waiting's autistic Rueben, only having been given a chance at a normal life by a mother who never succumbed to the shame that grips Gena Rowland's Sophie throughout Cassavetes's drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2008
Billy's resilience, though, is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention part of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 7, 2007
Nobody ever said growing up a small-town geek was easy. I know from personal experience, and so does Billy Price, the subject of director Jennifer Venditti's affecting documentary Billy the Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 3, 2007
Billy the Kid is a heartbreaking vérité documentary by Jennifer Venditti about a misfit Maine teenager -- a film that makes you think about (and question) what fitting in really entails.
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 4, 2007
The thoughtfully sweet slightness of Venditti's film happens also to be the source of its immense charm, and in Billy she has a golden subject,
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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Variety
October 18, 2008
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