• Unrated, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Zellner
    In Theaters:
    Aug 7, 2013 Limited
  • Factory25


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Kid-Thing Reviews

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

Its main character's moral predicament with a woman inside a pit becomes a muddle of confused symbolism and trite psychoanalysis.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2013
Paul Gallagher
The List

Without a compelling narrative to hold the scenes together it's hard work with little reward, even for a committed audience.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 23, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 15, 2013
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Fans of mindlessly smashing things to pieces with blunt instruments will go crazy for Kid-Thing.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

March 4, 2012
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2013
William Goss
MSN Movies
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Like Days of Heaven on paint fumes, a languid, occasionally hilarious, occasionally poetic coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies

March 21, 2013
Ronnie Scheib
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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[A] minimalist, rule-breaking exercise in head-scratching human behavior.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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."

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

January 24, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 19, 2012
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Beneath the affectations, there's poetry in Kid-Thing, and truth in its depiction of how absolute freedom can be a kind of trap.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 7, 2013
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