Kisses Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
It's exciting, sweet, gritty and generally just a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
November 12, 2010
There are undoubtedly more dark days ahead for Kylie and Dylan, but in Kisses, we see the beginning of character forged by circumstance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2010
A coming-of-age drama so Irish you'll want to take out your Pogues' lyric sheets beforehand to brush up on Gaelic mumbling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2010
In writer-director Lance Daly?s lens, downtown Dublin is like a modern-day Oz ? and the movie even starts by showing the kids? dreary home life in black-and-white, slowly moving to full color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 20, 2010
Sincere and vulnerable, aching with youthful insight
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stan Hall
Oregonian
August 13, 2010
Cute but foul-mouthed, tough but vulnerable and obviously crazy about each other in a reticent way, these kids are a wonderful presence, giving the most contrived scenes genuine emotion and a veneer of realness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 5, 2010
A darkling, modern-day fairy tale and lyrical coming-of-age story, Irish filmmaker Lance Daly's 2008 film "Kisses" is a small gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 5, 2010
What the writer and director, Lance Daly, means as some kind of transporting urban adventure for them is a disenchanting slog for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix
August 5, 2010
When it's not trite, Kisses can be refreshing in its realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 3, 2010
Lance Daly's Ireland is not the scenic Irish wonderland of Ondine.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 3, 2010
A blend of gritty realism sand magical fantasy that's undoubtedly calculated but still deeply satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 2, 2010
Dorothy parachutes into Dublin in search of the Wizard but there is no place like home.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2010
It's arresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2010
A marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2010
Rewarding tale of two kids loose on Dublin's mean streets with outstanding performances.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 19, 2010
Terrific non-pro actors Kelly O'Neill (Kylie) and Shane Curry (Dylan) are the backbone of the film, directed by Lance Daly, who says as a kid he thought of running away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 17, 2010
Exquisitely-shot and deeply affecting with just the right balance of humor, sweetness and grittiness. Newcomers Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry shine in raw, heartfelt and charismatic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.95/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 17, 2010
A Xmas where neverending nightmares instead of sugarplums dance in children's heads
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
July 16, 2010
There's nothing so frustrating as a small movie, made by a clearly gifted filmmaker, that flies close to magic only to be sternly jerked back to earth.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 16, 2010
Kisses regards the world through fearful, foolhardy preadolescent eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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