Billy the Kid Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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October 18, 2008
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 29, 2008
The best documentaries take you places you don't normally have access to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 8, 2008
A raw, touching, unfiltered look at the teenage angst that Hollywood usually turns into brain-dead comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
February 7, 2008
What you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2008
Billy the Kid, a movie that's as interesting as it is dewy-eyed, may be the rare snapshot of an adolescent 'outcast' who is really the guy made for fame, with a built-in radar for how to present himself in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 6, 2007
There's something to be said for Venditti's ability to build the kind of trust with a subject necessary to get full participation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
December 6, 2007
I don't imagine any adult could watch Billy the Kid without sharp pangs of recognition; everyone who passes through the crucible of teenage-ness feels at least momentarily as awkward as Billy.
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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
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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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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.