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The Kid

The Kid (2010)


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Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as 'The Kid'. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. This international bestseller published in 2003 is his heartbreaking and inspiring story.

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This is an inspiring story, but it's badly told. Best read the book instead.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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In this case, truth isn't stranger than fiction, it's just strangely hackneyed.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Director Nick Moran obviously feels strongly about the material but fails to create a consistent tone.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A de-glamourised Natascha McElhone is so unconvincing as the harridan of a mother that her performance is hard to take seriously.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's a heck of a lot better than director Nick Moran's last movie (Joe Meek biopic Telstar), but could have done with tighter storytelling and better casting.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The Kid is an accomplished adaptation of Lewis's novel that hammers home Kevin's suffering at the hands of a monstrous matriarch.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

[An] excellent adaptation of Kevin Lewis's bestselling book about his difficult and at times harrowing life.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Nick Moran -- like Casey Affleck, an actor-turned-director -- marshals his relentlessly grim material unflinchingly, and Rupert Friend, as the adult Kevin, is engaging and convincing in a complex role.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

If you have tears, prepare to shed them for some other tale of woe.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Lewis' story is unquestionably horrific but by forcing it into the mould of a triumph-over-adversity heart-warmer, all of the raw, nasty edges have been smoothed off to leave a sickly-sweet wad of gloop.

September 16, 2010
Little White Lies

Sadly, in relating Kevin Lewis's journey from physically and emotionally abused child to best-selling novelist, Moran displays a tendency towards melodrama that overwhelms the story.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

If you're going to make a biopic about an abused child who grows up to be a bare-knuckle boxer, it might help to hire an actor who looks like he can actually handle himself in a scrap or two.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Strong performances by Rupert Friend and Augustus Prew as the grown-up and teenage Kevin give Moran's rite-of-passage tale genuine emotional ballast. A worthy follow-up to Telstar.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

From the film's tough opening all the way to the credits, director Nick Moran ladles everything on thick. Some viewers might complain that makes the film a shameless heartstring-tugger. Others, including me, won't see why that's a problem.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Raw, absorbing and packing a powerful punch, The Kid marks Moran as a serious contender.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Impressively directed, superbly written and frequently harrowing, this is a brilliantly acted drama that delivers a powerfully emotional punch.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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