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The Kid (2010)




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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Kid

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

This is an inspiring story, but it's badly told. Best read the book instead.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Time Out
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In this case, truth isn't stranger than fiction, it's just strangely hackneyed.

Full Review… | September 22, 2010

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

Full Review… | September 22, 2010
London Evening Standard

A de-glamourised Natascha McElhone is so unconvincing as the harridan of a mother that her performance is hard to take seriously.

Full Review… | September 20, 2010
Daily Express (UK)

It's a heck of a lot better than director Nick Moran's last movie (Joe Meek biopic Telstar), but could have done with tighter storytelling and better casting.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Daily Mirror (UK)

The Kid is an accomplished adaptation of Lewis's novel that hammers home Kevin's suffering at the hands of a monstrous matriarch.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for The Kid

best film I've seen in ages I even shed a tear! bring your teenagers to see it then they might appreciate you and a normal family after watching it !

Wendy Pollock Millington
Wendy Pollock Millington

Till when will film makers realize "based on a true story" is nothing. On the contrary, the script has to be double outstanding to impress its viewers. I am not sure how much Kevin Lewis (the "true character", the original biography author, plus the (adapted) screenplay writer of this film) had intervened during production, it just looks so strange & inconsistent in the whole. Bad adaptation, bad directing & bad acting of the leading Rupert Friend.


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