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Kids (1995)

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50

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Kids offers a bleak, unblinking view of a group of vacuous, thoughtless New York City teens in their ceaseless quest for sex, drugs, and trouble. The film primarily follows Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), who, having just realized the conquest of his latest virgin, brags that by day's end he will claim one more. While he and his friends brag to each other about their sexual exploits, Jenny (Chloë Sevigny) describes her own less-than-romantic encounter with Telly. Soon after the conversation, she learns

NC-17,

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Harmony Korine

Jun 11, 1997

Shining Excalibur Pictures

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (27) | DVD (6)

Frightening, frank and serious, a wake-up call to the world.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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None of the advance hype on Kids can prepare you for the raw, stripped-down reality that Larry Clark captures in his astonishing first film.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Kids is the kind of movie that needs to be talked about afterward.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Kids shows what transpires when children are set adrift in a heartless world, and warns us what happens -- and is already happening -- in the absence of love and guidance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Kids, a disturbingly voyeuristic look at adolescent promiscuity, is virtually child pornography disguised as a cautionary documentary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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There really are some kids who think like this, and these are the kids who should see this film

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Pedophilia, pedophilia, pedophilia.

October 13, 2007 | Comments (9)
ColeSmithey.com

The first-time director, Larry Clark, is rather like his protagonist: He comes on to you, has his rough way with you, and leaves you feeling empty and violated.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

One of Larry Clark's infamous "Kids are Evil Monsters" movies, Clark tells very little, and shows too much with an art illusion.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

In its candid and bold approach, Larry Clarke's controversial film dwarfs all of Hollywood's youth movies, crossing new boundaries in its portrayal of sex and drugs; for a change, real teenagers, not actors in their 20s, play the roles.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

Could easily pass for a kiddie porn film.

December 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overrated reality slop.

September 2, 2005 | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

The film isn't all that entertaining, but it does provide a sort of creepy, voyeuristic nostalgia

June 10, 2005

insightful but indulgent

April 5, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Appalling, immoral rubbish palmed off as art.

January 26, 2005 | Comments (8)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's an unsettling subtext here; despite the presence of a broad (not to mention tired, simplistic, and overworked) "message," it feels like exploitation.

June 20, 2004

Boy, that kid Telly sure is fun and representative of the Youth of Today. Not.

April 25, 2004 | Comments (5)
New Times

A powerful piece of work, one not easily forgotten.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Trashy and exploitational. Clark comes off like a skuzzy pornographer taking advantage of his cast while using a faux vérité excuse as his accomplice.

July 11, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A shocking, raw landmark from a talented, if sometimes misguided director.

June 10, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Convincingly raw and probing in its distinctive passion

May 27, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Powerful but exploitative raunch that preys on teens.

April 24, 2003

This is a very powerful film from an emotional standpoint.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Utterly repugnant, child pornography masquerading as serious filmmaking.

January 14, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Kids

Like a car accident that you can't avert your eyes from, this is an unsettling display of sociopathy and delinquency on the part of a group of repulsive, detestable teens, and it almost works as a relevant social commentary on adolescence and AIDS. I said almost.
March 14, 2014
blacksheepboy

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And I thought "Dazed and Confused" was a realistic depiction of teenagers...
March 14, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Heavy and shocking, Kids is a portrait of the mentality, and social behavior from New York City teenagers in the beginning of the 90's. With a bold screenplay by Korine, just like the Clark's direction, this film presents a strong subject, that it's to be reflected and discussed by all society. The unknown actors and they outstanding performances are terrific, what make the movie more realistic.
Some critics say that Kids is pure pornography and pedophilia. But the thing is, the strong scenes and the language are unfortunately the real true about some teens, not just of New York suburb, but also of whole world.
Kids, is not a film easy to watch, especially for the views too sentient. But is very good to know the dark side of the adolescent sexuality, drugs, culture situation, the beginning of AIDS in the cult pop, AIDS transmission, sex experience talk and much more.
An contoversial picture, very recommentable and present. Fresh.
November 12, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

While I understand why this movie was made and what it was trying to put across, I felt that it missed a couple of notes and in actual fact painted the lives of the teenagers a lot lighter than they should have been. However, it may have lacked sufficient depth for the core components of the story, but still I think Kids is a wake up call to its title audience and offered a more honest apporach to many movies of a similar disposition.
September 7, 2011
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