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Billy the Kid Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
June 9, 2009
Billy, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, is sympathetic, but you can easily understand why he's a social outcast. This is a film about Billy, not about his condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The rough and ready filmmaking technique makes it challenging for the viewer at times, and perhaps a stricter editing discipline could have tightened the film
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 29, 2008
The best documentaries take you places you don't normally have access to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 25, 2008
Opens as a study on a teen with some social/behavioral issues. The film makes sure never to label, then gently tangents from the study into a sweet spontaneous love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2008
Watching Billy the Kid duplicates -- as much as any movie probably can -- the fascinating process of trying to figure out someone you've just met.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 8, 2008
A raw, touching, unfiltered look at the teenage angst that Hollywood usually turns into brain-dead comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2008
Billy's resilience, though, is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention part of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
February 7, 2008
What you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.
Brian Orndorf
February 1, 2008
Billy the Kid is an unforgettable, distressing, riveting snapshot of a boy and his world; a high-speed descent into pure impulse that should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2008
Without a hint of irony, he spouts off, I hope the next film I'm in is action. So do I.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
January 17, 2008
What makes Billy the Kid extraordinary is not that it grants seeming access to private moments, but that it makes clear as well the inherently public nature of the filmmaking process.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 11, 2008
Billy may come off as an odd duck, but he's not mean or too peculiar. Actually, he's pretty likable, which is why you'll probably find yourself rooting for him to get the girl and to be happy for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 10, 2008
... a window into the world of adolescence, where everything is immediate and intense and important.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2008
Billy the Kid, a movie that's as interesting as it is dewy-eyed, may be the rare snapshot of an adolescent 'outcast' who is really the guy made for fame, with a built-in radar for how to present himself in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 7, 2007
Nobody ever said growing up a small-town geek was easy. I know from personal experience, and so does Billy Price, the subject of director Jennifer Venditti's affecting documentary Billy the Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 6, 2007
There's something to be said for Venditti's ability to build the kind of trust with a subject necessary to get full participation.
| Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
December 6, 2007
I don't imagine any adult could watch Billy the Kid without sharp pangs of recognition; everyone who passes through the crucible of teenage-ness feels at least momentarily as awkward as Billy.
Eric Kohn
New York Press
December 5, 2007
The movie marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Venditti, whose ability to convey the innocence of youth and the universal anguish of being an outsider suggests a natural ear for the emotional rhythms of growing up.
Karina Longworth
December 5, 2007
It's an incredibly intimate portrait, and one that feels more universal for its refusal to court a grander significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 5, 2007
Jennifer Venditti's documentary profile of 15-year-old Kiss fan Billy is truly something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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