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The Kid with a Bike Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 23, 2012
The Dardennes' quiet, naturalistic style strips this story of melodrama but not of emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 22, 2012
Without diminishing the boy's intensity or making him in any way ingratiating, the Dardennes take us into his mind, and we begin to appreciate not only his predicament but his resiliency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2012
The Dardennes' latest is one of their best, a memorable cinematic portrait of troubled youth and soul-saving charity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2012
Young Thomas Doret fills the role with natural sincerity and focus, and not a second that seems contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2012
A wonderfully human and humane story about one of those lost-and-found children who tend to slip through society's not-so-safe safety nets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 16, 2012
Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 16, 2012
It's minor, but powerfully so.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 16, 2012
As is usual in their films, the Dardennes remain both deeply interested and carefully objective. The photography and editing are unfussy and unhurried. There is no attempt to do anything but present these small fictions as simple fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 15, 2012
A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2012
No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 15, 2012
It's miles away from big-budget, pop-culture entertainment, but you may be surprised by its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 15, 2012
The Kid With A Bike feels like a companion piece to Rosetta, though it's far less severe and more open-hearted, even borderline sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 14, 2012
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return to devastating form with this compelling riff on the Italian neo-realist classic "Bicycle Thieves."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
The Kid With a Bike seems to unfold in a different world than that of previous Dardenne joints, one with a wider range of spiritual and practical possibilities.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 13, 2012
The simple act of its being seems enough to constitute a kind of perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 5, 2012
The film is not just in the tradition of Pinocchio and A.I.: It is a worthy successor.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 18, 2011
Belgium's Dardenne brothers make movies that remind you the most compelling stories are unfolding right outside your window, rather than in outer space, the distant past or wherever cinema usually takes us.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2011
The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 3, 2011
[Captures] the wild, primal emotions at the heart of society and show that well-ordered republics -- and families -- run on passions that are hard to accommodate or tolerate.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2011
"The Kid With a Bike" comes and goes in 87 minutes, but its beauty and intensity stay with you long afterward.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2011
With customary restraint, the Dardenne brothers have added yet another exquisite entry to their masterful body of work.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 16, 2011
To anyone familiar with the Dardennes' relatively small but very substantial body of work, this might sound as if it's going over old ground - and maybe it is, but it's still producing fresh and extremely fruitful results.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 15, 2011
An edge-of-your-seat emotional roller-coaster ride about ordinary people in a nondescript neighborhood, it's sometimes terrifying, often heart-rending and completely worth it.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 15, 2011
I remain in awe of the Dardennes' willingness to commit wholeheartedly to dislikable protagonists - Cyril is a sullen, selfish, almost maniacal little runt, with a cuteness quotient of zero.
Full Review | Original Score: B