Its main character's moral predicament with a woman inside a pit becomes a muddle of confused symbolism and trite psychoanalysis.
| Original Score: 2/4
Without a compelling narrative to hold the scenes together it's hard work with little reward, even for a committed audience.
| Original Score: 2/5
With the possible exception of Aguirre's performance, there's little here to stick to the ribs and the film's ultimate impact is slight.
Zellner handles the material delicately, treating her apparent psychosis like an ill-fated by-product of growing up. This strange yet wistful dynamic suggests Harmony Korine adapting Judy Blume.
Fans of mindlessly smashing things to pieces with blunt instruments will go crazy for Kid-Thing.
Aguirre is a find-she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween-but the movie's magical-realist elements don't jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Like Days of Heaven on paint fumes, a languid, occasionally hilarious, occasionally poetic coming-of-age story.
Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.
[A] minimalist, rule-breaking exercise in head-scratching human behavior.
The film is, if nothing else, an interesting meditation on how a child who grows up without guidance might react to a situation that requires judgment.
Beneath the affectations, there's a real poetry to Kid-Thing, and a deeper truth in its depiction of what The Simpsons once dubbed "horrible, horrible freedom."
| Original Score: B
If Spirit of the Beehive took place in Napoleon Dynamite country, it might turn out like David Zellner's absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Beneath the affectations, there's poetry in Kid-Thing, and truth in its depiction of how absolute freedom can be a kind of trap.
| Original Score: 3.5/5