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The Kid

The Kid (2000)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 97
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 49

Critics find The Kid to be too sweet and the movie's message to be annoyingly simplistic.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 15

Critics find The Kid to be too sweet and the movie's message to be annoyingly simplistic.



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Noted cartoonist and humorist Gahan Wilson helped create this animated made-for-cable feature about a ten-year-old boy on the cusp of adolescence who is still trying to fathom the ways of the adult world. The voice cast includes Eugene Levy, Edward Asner, and Lolita Davidovich. The Kid was produced for the Showtime premium cable network. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Jan 23, 2003


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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (49) | DVD (15)

This comedy-fantasy about finding one's inner child falls flat on its face.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Warm-hearted and effective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Kid gets bogged down in its sentimental manipulations.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Insufferably cloying and sickly sweet for anyone with the least intolerance to 'find the inner child' saccharinity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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Very funny and genuinely insightful family movie.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's something even more hard-to-take than a cherubic tot trying his or her darndest to be adorable: it's an ugly kid acting annoying.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

...boring and slow and unfunny and a waste of Bruce Willis' time.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This is obviously a blowoff role for Willis; apart from a few frantic scenes where he thinks he's crazy, he appears to be reading lines in his sleep.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comment (1)
Film Quips Online

...revives that "inner child" pop-psychology drivel that was popular for about two months back in 1991. ...a syrupy second act full of painful memories involving sick parents, handicapped dogs (no joke!) and forgotten ambitions.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Si el nio que alguna vez fuimos nos preguntara qu es lo ms importante que hemos aprendido en nuestra vida, qu responderamos?

June 3, 2002

A compelling movie that challenges us to confront our inner child and incidents in the past which have deeply influenced us.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Boasts a terrific performance from Bruce Willis.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Seldom does one find a film that meets expectations so thoroughly.

March 20, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Too bad infamously awful director Jon Instinct Turteltaub is at the helm.

January 1, 2000

A dishonest baby-boomer melodrama of inner-selfness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Everybody else might just roll their eyes at the films sentimentality.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

The chief attraction of The Kid is the likable funny business between Rusty and Russ. But it's all so pat, family audiences may have trouble recalling what it was they were laughing at.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Dollops out cheap sentimentality by the spoonful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Kid

This is a cute movie about a man who is being followed by himself as a kid. He learns what he needs to do to change the course of history. Good plot. Good cast.
March 26, 2010
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a successful, but not so happy image consultant. Something might change for him when his 8-year-old self visits himself. That means that Russ gets to see what he was like when he was 8, but what could this lead to?
I've always thought that Bruce Willis was a great actor in all of his movies, especially when it comes to the action ones such as the Die Hard series. I don't know what kind of movie most people would put "The Kid" in, but I thought it was a mix between comedy and drama. Bruce Willis proved in "The Kid" that he can be just as great of a comedy actor as he can in action ("Die Hard") or any other kind of film such as "Mercury Rising" and "The Sixth Sense." There were several parts such as when Bruce Willis had a nervous breakdown, that had me laughing out of control.

Not only is "The Kid" a hilarious movie, it also has a sort of deeper meaning to it that I'll let you find out for yourself. I know in ways I wish I could see a younger version of myself and learn more about the ups and downs of my past that I don't remember. If you've got any kid left in you or if you just want to see a great movie, do yourself a favor and purchase "The Kid." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. One of those handful of Disney movies you've never heard of, that isn't a cartoon, but is awesome.
September 10, 2009

Super Reviewer

Positives: Bruce Willis plays a pretty amazing role. The entire reason this movie can be called semi-sucessful. It has a lot of funny part's and the plot is interesting enough too keep you glued through out the movie.

Negatives: The supporting actors were never really that good. Spencer Breslin was a nice touch but at this point he still was not that great of an actor - he was okay, but like most child actors, partially annoying.
The movie's ending was touching but also has some missing strings. There's parts that are simply left unexplained and may have you wanting some answers.

Overall the movie is a typical Diseny Film with an expected cast and ending. The unexpected is the twist in the storylines that keep it interesting. It's funny, interesting, and worth watching. If your a kid - probably worth having but it's not the next diseny classic.
October 27, 2008

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