The Kid Detective

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A low-key charmer led by Adam Brody's sharp performance, The Kid Detective uncovers dark comedy in a story of unfulfilled childhood potential.

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Movie Info

A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. But a naive client brings him his first adult case -- to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

Cast & Crew

Adam Brody
Abe Applebaum
Sophie Nélisse
Caroline
Tzi Ma
Mr. Chang
Wendy Crewson
Mrs. Applebaum
Peter MacNeill
Principal Erwin
Maurice Dean Wint
Constable Cleary
Evan Morgan
Screenwriter
Michael Robert McLaughlin
Cinematographer
Jay McCarrol
Original Music
Jennifer Morden
Production Design
Matthew Bianchi
Art Director
Muska Zurmati
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Critic Reviews for The Kid Detective

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (6)

  • There is some cleverness on display here, but the film's ambitions are limited, to say the least, the territory extremely familiar, and the bright, spic-and-span settings quite the opposite of noir.

    October 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "The Kid Detective" is an unexpected mix of disparate elements that in the wrong hands could have resulted in lumpy parody but, fortunately, pours out as something smooth, funny, dark and potent.

    October 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Peculiar, funny and surprisingly effective.

    October 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A quirky dirge that knows what can be funny, but doesn't follow up on it.

    October 16, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Something curious, laced with pitch black comedy and a major dose of tragedy, a winking sense of genre, and a stellar performance from Adam Brody.

    October 16, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Morgan brilliantly crafts a wild ride of seamless tonal shifts, elevated by polished production values, zippy editing and various narrative grace notes that honor his side characters... with both compassion and wit.

    October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    Variety
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