Kid-Thing Reviews

July 8, 2019
It's mostly aggravating to note that Kid-Thing is a film featuring an excellent concept with commendable aspects (Tyrrell, a score from The Octopus Project) that fails to live up to its own intentions.
September 19, 2013
[A] minimalist, rule-breaking exercise in head-scratching human behavior.
August 15, 2013
Zellner handles the material delicately, treating her apparent psychosis like an ill-fated by-product of growing up. This strange yet wistful dynamic suggests Harmony Korine adapting Judy Blume.
August 8, 2013
Its main character's moral predicament with a woman inside a pit becomes a muddle of confused symbolism and trite psychoanalysis.
August 7, 2013
Beneath the affectations, there's poetry in Kid-Thing, and truth in its depiction of how absolute freedom can be a kind of trap.
August 6, 2013
The film is, if nothing else, an interesting meditation on how a child who grows up without guidance might react to a situation that requires judgment.
August 6, 2013
Aguirre is a find-she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween-but the movie's magical-realist elements don't jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance.
March 21, 2013
Like Days of Heaven on paint fumes, a languid, occasionally hilarious, occasionally poetic coming-of-age story.
June 21, 2012
Without a compelling narrative to hold the scenes together it's hard work with little reward, even for a committed audience.
April 19, 2012
If Spirit of the Beehive took place in Napoleon Dynamite country, it might turn out like David Zellner's absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale.
March 4, 2012
Fans of mindlessly smashing things to pieces with blunt instruments will go crazy for Kid-Thing.
January 24, 2012
Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.
January 24, 2012
Beneath the affectations, there's a real poetry to Kid-Thing, and a deeper truth in its depiction of what The Simpsons once dubbed "horrible, horrible freedom."
January 23, 2012
With the possible exception of Aguirre's performance, there's little here to stick to the ribs and the film's ultimate impact is slight.