The Dardennes' style resists cheap sentimentality, yet in The Kid with a Bike it yields a deeply moving examination of love as a shield.
| Original Score: A-
Dardenne brothers set an orphan in search of a father
| Original Score: 3/4
Will bad breaks break a boy?
The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness.
| Original Score: 4/4
How the Dardennes, time and again, turn gritty, mundane subjects into transcendent moments of honesty and truth is one of the great cinematic wonders.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It is crystal clear on at least one point: People are mysterious and beautiful, and they need each other.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne offer another in their remarkable succession of contemporary neo-realist dramas in this quietly devastating but gently hopeful [film].
[It] gives obvious homage to a variety of films. ... But one inspiration shines throughout the movie ... The Red Balloon.
| Original Score: A
...the film delivers a final act as riveting as it is artistically satisfying. Not many films can claim a perfect ending. This one can.
| Original Score: B+
...manages to balance a spiritual sense of grace with the earthy eye of a here-and-now realist.
"The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope.
Cyril is one of the most inspiringly resilient, self-aware young characters to arrive on-screen in recent memory...
Hunched over the handlebars, the boy's body seems to carve a hole in the wind. And we watch as this unhappy, rejected child makes some terrible choices, some of which make us want to look away.
One of the classic international works about juvenile delinquency.
"The Kid With A Bike'' is, remarkably, about hope - about the connections people forge when the ones they've been given desert them.
If the film doesn't sizzle as heatedly as the Dardennes' more celebrated works, it's nevertheless infused with the compassion and care that they seem always to bring to bear on any subject.
| Original Score: B
This film is a real gem.
Emotionally restrained yet compassionate, coming-of-age morality tale
| Original Score: 8/10
The ending is somewhat contrived and forced, but not false, and there's a moving moment when Cyril and Samantha, riding beside a canal one sunny day, exchange bicycles.