The Kid

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Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as 'The Kid'. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. This international bestseller published in 2003 is his heartbreaking and inspiring story.


Critic Reviews for The Kid

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

  • Director Nick Moran obviously feels strongly about the material but fails to create a consistent tone.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • If you have tears, prepare to shed them for some other tale of woe.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Lewis' story is unquestionably horrific but by forcing it into the mould of a triumph-over-adversity heart-warmer, all of the raw, nasty edges have been smoothed off to leave a sickly-sweet wad of gloop.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • This is an inspiring story, but it's badly told. Best read the book instead.

    Sep 15, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Although there are a few nice-ish cameos - Ioan Gruffudd pops up, as do James Fox and Jodie Whittaker - it's not enough to save this film from itself or give it any kind of emotional authenticity.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's so unsubtle in its characterisation and so plodding in its narrative that it's unlikely to reach much of an audience.

    Jan 4, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kid

  • Sep 20, 2010
    bullied terribly as a kid, kevin goes on to live his life withdrawn and a furious temper but events turn his life around which was to be written as a best seller , called the kid, a film with terrific performances capturing the real kevin, as seen at end of film, the 3 actors get him down great, the stry itself shows his transformation, from a troubled bullied youth to failed businessman and tough backstreet fighter for money, the direction brings a sense of the time, and some terrific directing choices, adding to the story a lot, certain parts of his looking grim, his parents story a toiugh watch at times and coming across as a very tough childhood, great music f the period comes off great also. and fine support from everyone involved
    scott g Super Reviewer

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