The Kid with a Bike Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Result(s) in a huge emotional payoff that resonates more deeply than its sparse elements might suggest.
March 16, 2019
A whir of energy that documents, as its elemental Dardennian title would suggest, the story of a boy using a bike as a conduit to find some parental care and affection.
January 4, 2019
Doret's superb turn as Cyril may be the closest European cinema has come to finding an Antoine Doinel (the iconic star of François Truffaut's 1959 classic The 400 Blows) for the 21st century.
December 21, 2018
As Samantha says in her first words to Cyril, "You can hold onto me, but not so tight." Of course, it's when he loosens his grip that "The Kid With a Bike" tightens the one on its audience.
August 30, 2018
A contemporary fable [that] traffics in the childhood anxieties of bedtime stories...in a naturalistic setting that makes the viewer anxious.
August 14, 2018
Slight, yes, but that's what makes The Kid with a Bike such a tender, heart-warming and true-to-life depiction of the innocence of childhood and one child's longing for acceptance and love.
August 11, 2018
Life is not easy, and we must navigate the eventual potholes regardless of how many or how soon they appear in our path.
October 4, 2017
The results are emotionally ingratiating and quite touching.
September 18, 2017
This amazing film of loss and discovery will change you - a rare occurrence these days.
March 28, 2017
The result is neither dull nor dutiful, nor conventionally guilt-inducing for a comfortable art house audience -- it is quite the opposite. [The Dardennes'] films are tense high-wire acts of dramatic irony.
October 7, 2015
Seriously, enough is enough.
July 2, 2013
The movie is so quiet that everything starts to feel heightened; the smallest motions carry great weight, and something as minor as a slammed door causes you to gasp.
June 30, 2013
A complicated unflinching look at a boy struggling to thrive in a harsh world.
June 18, 2013
The directing by the Dardenne brothers reflects their previous work: it wants to be unnoticed either for virtuosity or clumsiness, yet only virtuosos can attain this ideal.
June 2, 2013
The images speed by so fast that you hardly have time to think. But think you do. And what you think about most are all the lost and neglected children of the world.
March 24, 2013
French Loach.
March 11, 2013
The Dardennes have once again crafted a lean, efficient film that is plotted with singular purpose without hitting a false note.
February 6, 2013
Downbeat but powerful drama about childhood and love.
January 8, 2013
It's nonetheless immensely satisfying - not least in its commitment to a child protagonist whose near-feral intensity and unthinking ingratitude make him the polar opposite of cute.
January 7, 2013
There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year.
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