Kisses Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2010
A pedestrian picaresque that trivializes the suffering and yearnings of hardscrabble youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 17, 2009
The unknown child actors are appealing but Kisses tries too hard to pluck at the heartstrings.
Top Critic
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
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
July 17, 2009
Kisses feels like a decent little short film padded to feature length for the purposes of fulfilling some local funding body's film-making quota for the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
July 17, 2009
Like arthouse Roddy Doyle it's ambitious and phoney in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2010
A marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
July 12, 2010
What begins as a painfully bleak portrait of life in the slums on the outskirts of Dublin transforms into a lovely, if dark, love story.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 20, 2010
Sincere and vulnerable, aching with youthful insight
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 13, 2010
The movie's ending may be less satisfying than that of Slumdog Millionaire, but Kisses is truer to the tragedy of a generation of children whom we have utterly failed.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 3, 2010
Lance Daly's Ireland is not the scenic Irish wonderland of Ondine.
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2010
It's arresting.
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
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 17, 2009
It's just a shame the plot wasn't fleshed out more to enable a more complete cinematic experience, rather than a handful of inspired components.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
July 17, 2009
Devoid of colour and up to its eyeballs in domestic turbulence, Kisses fosters a painful, monochrome melancholy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 14, 2010
An unexpectedly tart juvenile drama that trusts in the emotional purity of life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

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