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Kisses Reviews

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Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
July 16, 2010
Beautiful black and white photography (also handled by Daly) slowly evolves into color once the adventure is underway--it's a nice gesture to The Wizard of Oz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
July 16, 2010
Kisses is a short and beautiful movie. And I loved it. It made me cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2010
Only 75 minutes long and made in Ireland for what had to be a micro budget, this sweet, savvy and heartfelt film will impact you more and stay around longer than many more elephantine productions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 16, 2010
Kisses is an interesting look at the side of a famous city we don't often see. And at the sort of unhappy childhoods that perhaps we see far too many of -- if we only dare look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 14, 2010
An engaging and well-acted Irish film about two pre-teens who escape their oppressive life in a slum for an adventure in the city of Dublin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 14, 2010
An unexpectedly tart juvenile drama that trusts in the emotional purity of life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2010
A superior lyrical ragamuffin Irish drama about neighbor kids in a dingy outpost of Dublin who run away from their crummy home situations at Christmas and spend a picaresque night on city streets.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 14, 2010
A serendipitous journey worth taking.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
July 14, 2010
No one would claim that director Lance Daly delivers an Emerald Isle version of The Spirit of the Beehive, though this scrappy film does have a knack for capturing the elation and confusion of late childhood in their ragged glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 14, 2010
Compelling and amusing, breathtaking at times in its ability to put these kids in harm's way and slip them out of it with imagination and nerve
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 13, 2010
The movie's ending may be less satisfying than that of Slumdog Millionaire, but Kisses is truer to the tragedy of a generation of children whom we have utterly failed.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
July 12, 2010
What begins as a painfully bleak portrait of life in the slums on the outskirts of Dublin transforms into a lovely, if dark, love story.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 12, 2010
The immediate sympathy evoked by Dylan (Shane Curry) and Kylie (Kelly O'Neill) creates a lasting impact solely with the sorrow and confusion that crosses their faces.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2010
A pedestrian picaresque that trivializes the suffering and yearnings of hardscrabble youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 16, 2010
A minor work notable only for the strong performances of two non-professional actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 24, 2009
The child actors are first rate, though the movie should be shown in a double bill, possibly with Shane Meadows's 72-minute Somers Town.
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
July 17, 2009
Devoid of colour and up to its eyeballs in domestic turbulence, Kisses fosters a painful, monochrome melancholy.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2009
Captivating and poignant portayal of life on the edge for the disregarded of our societies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 17, 2009
While the film's compassion is never in doubt, it's sometimes a bit too cute for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
July 17, 2009
A touching, tender coming-of-age drama which balances gritty realism with an intriguing sense of the fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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