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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 27, 2012
A beautiful and stirring story of unconditional compassion, of emotional honesty, and -- above all -- of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 22, 2012
The Dardennes' style resists cheap sentimentality, yet in The Kid with a Bike it yields a deeply moving examination of love as a shield.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Dardenne brothers set an orphan in search of a father
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Will bad breaks break a boy?
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 13, 2012
The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 13, 2012
How the Dardennes, time and again, turn gritty, mundane subjects into transcendent moments of honesty and truth is one of the great cinematic wonders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 13, 2012
This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 12, 2012
It is crystal clear on at least one point: People are mysterious and beautiful, and they need each other.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 7, 2012
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne offer another in their remarkable succession of contemporary neo-realist dramas in this quietly devastating but gently hopeful [film].
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
April 2, 2012
[It] gives obvious homage to a variety of films. ... But one inspiration shines throughout the movie ... The Red Balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 30, 2012
...the film delivers a final act as riveting as it is artistically satisfying. Not many films can claim a perfect ending. This one can.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
March 30, 2012
...manages to balance a spiritual sense of grace with the earthy eye of a here-and-now realist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 30, 2012
"The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 30, 2012
Cyril is one of the most inspiringly resilient, self-aware young characters to arrive on-screen in recent memory...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 29, 2012
Hunched over the handlebars, the boy's body seems to carve a hole in the wind. And we watch as this unhappy, rejected child makes some terrible choices, some of which make us want to look away.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
March 29, 2012
One of the classic international works about juvenile delinquency.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 29, 2012
"The Kid With A Bike'' is, remarkably, about hope - about the connections people forge when the ones they've been given desert them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 29, 2012
If the film doesn't sizzle as heatedly as the Dardennes' more celebrated works, it's nevertheless infused with the compassion and care that they seem always to bring to bear on any subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 28, 2012
This film is a real gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 27, 2012
Emotionally restrained yet compassionate, coming-of-age morality tale
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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