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The Kid with a Bike Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Seriously, enough is enough.
Will Leitch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A complicated unflinching look at a boy struggling to thrive in a harsh world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dan Jardine
March 24, 2013
French Loach.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Eric Melin
March 11, 2013
The Dardennes have once again crafted a lean, efficient film that is plotted with singular purpose without hitting a false note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
February 6, 2013
Downbeat but powerful drama about childhood and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mike D'Angelo
L.A. Weekly
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.
Top Critic
Tom Charity
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.
Mark Deming
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
It's a powerful, well-crafted film and a striking depiction of a side of growing up few filmmakers have tried to put on film. Fewer still have captured it with this sort of honesty and emotional gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
[Thrusts] adults into the psychology of a child, pushing them into a confrontation with their own self-involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 24, 2012
The Dardennes smoothly shift one gear up in the film's coda, offering a sting of humility before a flash of quiet grace. Then we're left watching after one boy on his bike, stubbornly moving, moving, moving, a force to be reckoned with and respected.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2012
A frank, no-nonsense drama filled with compassion for a lost soul kid abandoned by his father.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 12, 2012
...a deeply humane movie that deserves to be compared with one of its obvious inspirations, Vittorio De Sica's neo-realist classic Bicycle Thieves
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Rebecca Barry Hill
May 10, 2012
A moving, sweet and at times harrowing tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 10, 2012
De France does a terrific job of balancing maternal instinct with matter-of-factness, in a performance that is more human than tender - and all the more powerful for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 9, 2012
Unlike many films, it genuinely earns every feeling it evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make great movies with such regularity they can be easy to overlook, but The Kid With a Bike puts just enough spin on the Dardennes' formula to let you feel their worth anew.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 1, 2012
a complex interweaving of bitter reality and a deeply humane worldview that sees the possibility of redemption in even the cruelest of circumstances
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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