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Liberty Kid

Liberty Kid (2008)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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Director Ilya Chaiken explores the lives of Tico and Derrick, two friends and former Statue of Liberty employees who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Tico is a quick-tempered youth who responds to his unemployment dilemma by dabbling in petty street crime and half-baked scams. Meanwhile, Tico's friend Derrick becomes convinced that the only means of providing for his family is to finally give in to the persistent Army recruiters


Art House & International, Drama

Ilya Chaiken

Nov 11, 2008

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[Director] Chaiken has a keen eye and ear for street-level realism and an evident love of the city's as-yet-ungentrified fringes.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There is no shortage of films about the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but there is a lack of good ones. The low-budget indie Liberty Kid, produced by downtown auteur Larry Fessenden, is one of those that succeeds.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Evident throughout is Chaiken's ability to patiently build a scene without fanfare or artifice.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The strong performances and Chaiken's vivid NYC locations, lend the film unexpected resonance.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Even though Liberty Kid is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11.

January 10, 2008
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Chaiken's subtle narrative touch, along with the exceptionally strong performances of leads Al Thompson and Kareem Savinon, gives this one a rare emotional pull.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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almost anthropological in its careful attention to colorful Brooklyn detail

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source:

The effects of Derrick's wars -- multiple, low-key, endless -- were in motion long before he went to Afghanistan.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

As volatile as the subject matter is here, Liberty Kid is shockingly subtle. Massive aspects about the relationship between Tico and Derrick are only inferred and the performances of the leads are really quite good.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

For all its good intentions, Liberty Kid ultimately disappoints.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unanswered questions about Derrick's kids and Spanish-speaking mother abound, and their all-too-infrequent interactions point to a hard-knuckled realism about post-9/11 New York that begs to be seen.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Chaiken's focus drives home the fact that collateral damage comes in many forms and marginal lives are easily derailed.

January 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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