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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Seriously, enough is enough.
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 16, 2012
A sly but finally banal update of the Italian neorealist classic "The Bicycle Thief."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 5, 2012
...a rote, disappointingly conventional piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 22, 2012
Dardenne heroes are crafty and restless, down but not out, and Cyril ought to be one of their best. For whatever reason, he isn't, quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
May 17, 2011
The soulfulness is there, but the usual aesthetic rigor isn't, which makes all the difference in terms of their metaphysical modus operandi.
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-
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
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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 22, 2012
You wouldn't exactly call The Kid With a Bike a feel-good movie, but by the end it certainly invites the viewer to be hopeful about human nature. Another gem from the boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 23, 2011
The Dardennes' depiction of a courageous fight for childhood boasts one of the best child performances in some time, from impressive newcomer Thomas Doret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
The Kid with a Bike is a powerful film about compassion and forgiveness, and the tragedy of not having the capability for either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2012
Makes a powerful statement about the plight of unwanted children. But it also incorporates elements of melodrama, film noir, and even the fairy tale that engage our empathy and confirm the Dardennes' great compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Barry Hill
May 10, 2012
A moving, sweet and at times harrowing tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Despite the film's naturalistic aesthetics, the Dardenne brothers have included strong visual allusions to the lost child stories of folklore and fairy tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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+
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 28, 2012
This film is a real gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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