Critics Consensus

Kids isn't afraid to test viewers' limits, but the point of its nearly non-stop provocation is likely to be lost in all the repellent characters and unpleasant imagery.



Total Count: 56


Audience Score

User Ratings: 51,537
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Movie Info

Telly is a New York teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.


Sarah Henderson
as Girl No. 1
Louie Louie
as Kid in Park
Ronald Hunter
as Kid in Park
Joseph Chan
as Ball Owner
Lisa Acevedo
as Girl At Party
Jonathan S. Kim
as Korean Guy
Adriane Brown
as Little Girl
Rich Arbitelle
as Kid In Park
Raymond Batista
as Legless Man
Nuri Bell
as Kid In Park
Peter Bici
as Kid In Park
Christian Bruna
as Christian
Corina Deleon
as Girl At Party
Deborah Draper
as Ruby's Nurse
Giovanni Estevez
as Kid In Park
Francine Fuertes
as Jennie's Nurse
Jim Gordy
as Kid In Park
Karyn Grupski
as Kid In Park
Dr. Henry Anderson
as Rasta Drug Dealer
Mike Hernandez
as Kid In Park
Julie Ho
as Tamara
Jason Iconstanti
as Kid From Jersey
Johanna Ignatov
as Singing Woman
as Kid In Park
Alexandra Karabell
as Kid From Jersey
Avi Koren
as Fidget
Jimmy Lalputan
as Kid In Park
Lila Lee
as Girl At Party
Darice Liguidi
as Kid From Jersey
Carl Ly-Min
as Security Guard
Regina Mei
as Girl At Party
Tony Morales
as "Jungle Fever" Couple
Amy Moy
as Girl At Party
Frank Natiello
as Kid In Park
Thierry Oddo
as Kid In Park
Medwin Pang
as Kid In Park
Eddie Peel
as Kid In Park
John Perez
as Kid In Park
Daniel Phillips
as Kid In Park
Ryan Sikorski
as Kid In Park
Jeff Simmons
as Kid In Park
Billy Solomon
as Dancing Boy
Christiana Stebe-Glorius
as Telly's Little Brother
Jamie Story
as Kid In Park
Beth Weinstein
as Kid From Jersey
Alan Wise
as Accordion Player
Suzanne Wood
as Girl At Party
Walter Youngblood
as "Jungle Fever" Couple
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Audience Reviews for Kids

  • Mar 13, 2014
    Like a car accident that you can't avert your eyes from, this is an unsettling display of sociopathy and delinquency on the part of a group of hateful, repellent teens, though it almost works as a relevant social commentary on adolescence and AIDS. I said almost.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2013
    And I thought "Dazed and Confused" was a realistic depiction of teenagers...
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2012
    **** out of **** Older generations look down upon the current one in disgust. They see nothing but kids abandoning dignity, self-respect, and innocence; in the place of those three things, there is instead sex, drugs, and alcohol. Young people are starting drinking, smoking, and fucking (not necessarily in that order) at a younger age. We used to think these kinds of things were reserved exclusively for mature adults. We were so wrong; so very wrong. Everyone is so anxious to grow up; or whatever the masses have convinced them is the equivalent of doing so. It honestly makes me sad to think of this; for I'm a part of a generation that is often criticized by the ones before it for its blatant ignorance. I look at people my own age and I see partiers, grade-school alcoholics, junkies, some are even criminals by now. I can't hide the fact that I find these people fucking repulsive. "Kids" is a movie about the generation of "now". The side to it that most movies wouldn't dare to touch upon. It's basically a day in the life of a few inner-city teens within the skateboard-punk circle; particularly Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a sixteen year old male whose life goal is to deflower at least one new virgin a day, his friend Casper (Justin Pierce), and a girl who Telly had sex with a while back and had recently been tested positive for HIV/AIDS. The girl's name is Jennie (Chloe Sevigny). She spends a lot of the film looking for Telly after she gets the results back; hoping that she can savor his next victim from the horrors that she will no doubt be facing very soon. She consults the possibility of death as she makes it across and about the city by foot and by taxi, eventually arriving at the scene of the crime; a house party. The film was very controversial at the time of its release. After doing research into the controversies surrounding it, I can only derive from the criticisms a strong sense of denial. It's as if the film's critics were trying to ignore the fact that it is by far one of the most realistic and uncompromising cinematic representations of today's youth. Yes, there is "graphic" sex and plenty of drug use; and yes, the screenwriter Harmony Korine (who has a cameo as a character named Fidget and wrote the film at the age of 18) and director Larry Clark have not made an attempt to give the film a moral center. It's not even a narrative; it feels almost documentary-like in its close observation of these kids and their activities. People want a clear reason for why the filmmakers are showing things that most films don't; although this time, there simply is no reason other than for the sake of realism. But that is what makes "Kids" so darn effective. The real-life kinds of kids that the film highlights don't have the sort of morality that the kids you see in most Hollywood productions do. Because those aren't real depictions of what these people may be like. The kids of "Kids" are drug abusers, heavy and casual drinkers, and don't regard sex as passion or a showcase of affection but more-so a hobby; and for Telly, a reason to exist. In one scene towards the end, Casper abandons all human decency so that he may carry out the deed of raping Jennie, once she's showed up at the house party. For having the courage to make a film like this, Clark might be one of the bravest souls of cinema out there. He has been accused of many things for making "Kids" and whatever followed - some people seem to think he's a pedophile for the many scenes in his films involving shirtless boys - although I personally think he should only be called one thing, and that is: visionary. Larry Clark and Harmony Korine saw the world in a similar light and decided to put their experiences combined into a mixing pot, and "Kids" is the sort of results you'll get when melding two great, creative minds. Korine's dialogue feels so real and genuine, and a few scenes - like the one with the legless man on the train - carry his signature weirdness; whilst Clark brings the heavily visual storytelling that he exhibited in his fantastic photo book "Tulsa" to the table. Together, they are both fearless filmmakers; this is real life, so why sugarcoat it? I wish more filmmakers would live and learn by this philosophy, because I'm tired of seeing the same old kind of teenagers in the same old kinds of films. "Kids" is something different and daring, and I loved it for that. It is important, and everyone - teenagers especially - should see it. To all of the young who might be reading this, don't be scared off by the fact that the film was threatened with an NC-17 rating and was then released Unrated. It may be consistently unsettling and graphic, but it deserves to be seen regardless. If its art that can reach out to a certain group of people and alter the course of their lives profoundly, I say it's worth whatever it takes.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2012
    "Kids" is a very brave indie-styled effort by Larry Clark, who doesn't shy away from going full out on his camera techniques or in displaying his vision of the sad state of some adolescents we live with yet ignore. The film, however, misses its chance at cinematic greatness. Though its themes are meaningful, the film blunts itself with Clark's boring and tedious cinematography where he strives to overload on different lighting perspectives and angle shots to recreate the trippy, late-night atmosphere of the hedonistic inner city social life teens so love to partake in. Attempts at avant-garde are always encouraged, of course, but Clark clearly lost sight of his original goal and chose to indulge in excess. His success in creating the environment he envisioned almost turns into a folly. Combined with the stream of consciousness screenwriting that tries to simulate the lingo of actual teens like the ones portrayed, the numerous sexual debauchery that are courageously shown on camera, and mise-en-scene overdose, "Kids" almost falls into teen exploitation territory. Or, at the very least, a kitsch satire that has failed to recognize its own wit and humor and has urged itself to continue being serious. In the end, the film still achieves its goal of, well, arguing that "kids" are, or have every potential to be, capricious, monstrous, fiendish, primitive monkeys who continue to be so as a result of a poor social environment, a lack of guidance by adults, and by being surrounded by incessant pressures for cheap, distracting pleasures. In the world of our children, women are objects, men are monsters, parents are poverty-stricken and negligent, sexuality is as important as air, and the capacity of foresight is nonexistent; how lovely.
    Edward S Super Reviewer

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