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Kes Reviews

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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.
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.
| Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Kes is Loach at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
Cole Smithey
April 17, 2010
"Kes" is an essential British historic document that comes from a deeply personal place, and yet resonates across all cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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Variety Staff
April 18, 2011
Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality.
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
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
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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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Terrific performances, illuminated by Chris Menges' naturalistic but often evocative photography.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 18, 2007
A splendid unsentimental realistic working-class family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2011
A classic of British social realism.
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 French
Observer (UK)
September 11, 2011
The only Loach film I rate more highly is his Spanish civil war picture, Land and Freedom.
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
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