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Kes Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 29, 2015
One of the most powerful coming-of-age stories ever told, containing passages of great beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jack Ibberson
Sight and Sound
March 16, 2015
Kes, admirably photographed by Chris Menges (who was camera operator on Poor Cow) is not to be lightly dismissed; and Loach's success with young players especially makes one eager to see his forthcoming film for the Save the Children Fund.
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
March 16, 2015
One of the nation's finest film-makers at an early peak.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 16, 2015
Ken Loach seems to acquire a surer mastery of his art with each picture, yet this, one of his earliest features, is still one of his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
March 16, 2015
Imagine The 400 Blows reconfigured around a working class English boy living in a grimy industrial town and you get some idea of the emotional power of this bleakly realistic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 14, 2015
Kes is one of the most astute, engaged films about education and what it takes for kids to be excited about learning or passionate about anything, really, whether in the classroom or roaming the fields with a feathered friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
February 21, 2015
The politics of the schoolyard are more important than the politics of London in Kes, and though he finds himself continuously ridiculed, Billy can always come back to his beloved kestrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 11, 2011
The only Loach film I rate more highly is his Spanish civil war picture, Land and Freedom.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 9, 2011
Seen today, it still cries its authentic song of rage. It still cuts like a knife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
September 9, 2011
A film that captures Loach's ability to find the extraordinary drama in ordinary lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 9, 2011
Jaunty, sad, poetic, Kes is so humane it makes you tremble.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 9, 2011
Loach's beady eye catches it all, but it's the casting of Bradley that was his masterstroke.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 8, 2011
A rich film of flesh and blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 6, 2011
Funny, sad, bitingly authentic, Kes resonates with Loach's anger at the way many kids grow up into narrow, option-free lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
August 15, 2011
Loach and his cinematographer Chris Menges opt for a realistic, grainy, rough documentary look, which makes us in the audience feel as though we are voyeurs, bearing witness to what Godard had famously proclaimed cinema to be: truth 24 times a second.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 10, 2011
Throbs with a simple truthfulness...Loach shows his complimentary interest in documentary-influenced social realism and the improvisational search for the authentic. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011
a moving, shattering tragedy - a meditation on the warping powers of human institutions. Kes is beautiful, sad and powerful - one of the best British films ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
Sarah Boslaugh
May 5, 2011
...a phrase attributed to Truman Capote might well be applied to Billy Casper and his kestrel, as well: The world is not kind to little things.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 4, 2011
Loach handles the film with a deft touch that balances the pathos and inherent sadness of Billy's predicament without sliding into complete emotional despair
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
The story of a boy and his bird, Kes is something of a small cinematic treasure in Britain.
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