The Kid with a Bike Reviews

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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.
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.
April 13, 2012
This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
March 30, 2012
"The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope.
March 30, 2012
Cyril is one of the most inspiringly resilient, self-aware young characters to arrive on-screen in recent memory...
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.
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.
March 23, 2012
The Dardennes' quiet, naturalistic style strips this story of melodrama but not of emotion.
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.
March 22, 2012
Compassionate, humane but never sentimental.
March 22, 2012
The Dardennes' latest is one of their best, a memorable cinematic portrait of troubled youth and soul-saving charity.
March 22, 2012
Young Thomas Doret fills the role with natural sincerity and focus, and not a second that seems contrived.
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.
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.
March 16, 2012
Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life.
March 16, 2012
It's minor, but powerfully so.
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.
March 16, 2012
A sly but finally banal update of the Italian neorealist classic "The Bicycle Thief."
March 15, 2012
A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...
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