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      Charm City Kings Reviews

      The spirit of old-fashioned coming-of-age fare roars in director Angel Manuel Soto's sun-dappled Charm City Kings.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Oct 14, 2020

      A really engaging story worth watching for the performances.

      Full Review | Oct 10, 2020

      Ultimately, Charm City Kings passes the Baltimore smell test, which is saying a lot.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Oct 10, 2020

      In its view of a world where kids make their own fun and also, sometimes, their own bad choices, it rings true.

      Full Review | Oct 8, 2020

      Overall, it's a film that is not great but just fine.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Oct 8, 2020

      [It's] hitting predictable beats like it was upshifting an ATV's gears, from getting sucked into the game to bad decisions and bodies dropping.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Oct 8, 2020

      The best parts of Charm City Kings pulse with emotional and physical energy, most of it courtesy of Winston and Meek Mill.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Oct 8, 2020

      A slick, appealing blend of summertime coming-of-ager and cautionary crime thriller.

      Full Review | Oct 8, 2020

      Things happen and then more things happen, little of it surprising.

      Full Review | Oct 8, 2020

      The film looks for an emotional payoff by continually upping the stakes of its main character's self-destructive short-term thinking.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Oct 7, 2020

      Charm City Kings distinguishes itself from similar fare not just through its location and eye-popping bikes but also with the believably imperfect people that populate it.

      Full Review | Original Score: A- | Oct 7, 2020

      Charm City Kings is an incredible triumph from a slew of fresh talent, including director Soto and his leads.

      Full Review | Feb 1, 2020

      Unable to harness the story's potential, the filmmakers instead deliver a mostly canned movie that flatlines 20 minutes before it comes to an end.

      Full Review | Jan 31, 2020

      Guided by Angel Manuel Soto's slick direction and a breakthrough performance from Jahi Di'Allo Winston, the movie works overtime to energize real-world struggles with the thrill of street life.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Jan 31, 2020

      The film clangs like too many people took a wrench to the script.

      Full Review | Original Score: C+ | Jan 31, 2020

      With themes that sit at a three-way intersection of teen angst, toxic masculinity deconstruction and racial marginalization, Charm City Kings is one of the most impressive films of the year.

      Full Review | Jan 29, 2020

      Charm City Kings is a powerful coming of age story expressing freedom and danger, love and grief, and the pitfalls of childhood heroes.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Jan 28, 2020

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