The Wise Kids Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 31, 2011
Honest, observant, and subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
March 15, 2012
Hovering over the narrative is the fear of the domino effect that change can enact, the dread that one person's "queerness" may perhaps expose everyone else's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 9, 2013
Religion may permeate this film, but it does so because it permeates the characters' lives. "The Wise Kids" features some nice surprises and some solid acting and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 15, 2012
"The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2012
Chicago indie Stephen Cone took a quantum leap forward with this moving 2011 drama about a Christian youth group in small-town South Carolina.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 2, 2011
A smart, generous and believable coming-of-age feature; even the comedy is the comedy of recognition, rather than belittlement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
[Flaws are] ultimately overshadowed by Cone's excellent young actors, particularly Torem, burrowing deeply into her character's zealotry and anguish about being left behind.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 19, 2012
Wonderfully intelligent coming-of-age story, filled with resonant questions of faith and done with a rare subtlety which honors the audience.
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