Reviews

Mar 20, 2021
With its challenging performances, elaborate dirt-biking stunts, evocative cinematography, and unique setting for a coming-of-age narrative, it's one of the great gems of 2020.
Dec 3, 2020
Charm City Kings has a lot of heart underpinning the flashy trappings of the bike riders' subculture.
Nov 17, 2020
The performances, especially by Winston and Mill, are tremendous
Oct 30, 2020
The title refers to a nickname for Baltimore.
Oct 30, 2020
A fantastic performance from Jahi Di'Allo Winston in this Baltimore based film.
Oct 24, 2020
Powerful drama highlights the power of choices; violence.
Oct 14, 2020
The spirit of old-fashioned coming-of-age fare roars in director Angel Manuel Soto's sun-dappled Charm City Kings.
Oct 13, 2020
Soto's winning mix of polished style and gritty authenticity, along with Winston's ace screen presence, go a long way toward making Charm City Kings' familiar story stick with us.
Oct 13, 2020
It may be a familiar coming-of-age story, but it wears its heart on its sleeve with captivating breakout performances to boot.
Oct 13, 2020
Charm City Kings unearths its timeless ruminations with precision and verve, throttling forward a narrative that is equally impactful and enthralling.
Oct 10, 2020
A really engaging story worth watching for the performances.
Oct 10, 2020
Di'Allo turns in a strong enough performance for me to want to root for him to stay out of trouble.
Oct 10, 2020
Ultimately, Charm City Kings passes the Baltimore smell test, which is saying a lot.
Oct 9, 2020
Even if the ending feels forced, the richly textured screenplay captures the moral dilemma of its adolescent protagonist while also effectively confronting the broader ethical questions surrounding a lifestyle it could have easily glorified.
Oct 8, 2020
Angel Manuel Soto is a director to keep an eye on. He's sharp, passionate, skilled and fearless.
Oct 8, 2020
Soto and screenwriter Sherman Payne ... have crafted a convincing tale ... of a kid who isn't sure what wants -- but knows he wants it right now.
Oct 8, 2020
In its view of a world where kids make their own fun and also, sometimes, their own bad choices, it rings true.
Oct 8, 2020
Overall, it's a film that is not great but just fine.
Oct 8, 2020
Filled with strong dialogue and performances, the film is a sharp portrait of the pitfalls of despair and the joys of survival. This is America, circa 2020.
Oct 8, 2020
Director Angel Manuel Soto gives us a perfect example of how portraying the authenticity of a community and the specificity of its subcultures can elevate even the most conventional stories. [Full Review in Spanish]