Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid (2007)

Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti crafts a cinéma vérité -style coming-of-age story with this portrait of a small-town teen from Maine who struggles to embrace his outsider status while still being shaped by the tragic events of his childhood. It… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jennifer Venditti's doc Billy the Kid turns "special" into a double edged sword, forging a sharply honest film around a strangely enigmatic -- if awkward -- kid named Billy.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The best documentaries take you places you don't normally have access to.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

What you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

Billy, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, is sympathetic, but you can easily understand why he's a social outcast. This is a film about Billy, not about his condition.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A raw, touching, unfiltered look at the teenage angst that Hollywood usually turns into brain-dead comedy.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Billy the Kid, a movie that's as interesting as it is dewy-eyed, may be the rare snapshot of an adolescent 'outcast' who is really the guy made for fame, with a built-in radar for how to present himself in front of the camera.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The rough and ready filmmaking technique makes it challenging for the viewer at times, and perhaps a stricter editing discipline could have tightened the film

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

Billy's resilience, though, is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention part of growing up.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Nobody ever said growing up a small-town geek was easy. I know from personal experience, and so does Billy Price, the subject of director Jennifer Venditti's affecting documentary Billy the Kid.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Opens as a study on a teen with some social/behavioral issues. The film makes sure never to label, then gently tangents from the study into a sweet spontaneous love story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Sigur
Very sweet and endearing documentary with a great subject. I think anyone can relate with the awkwardness. My problem comes with how they dealt with one aspect… More
Christopher Brown
Get ready to cringe uncomfortably as you get to experience those awful, awkward teen years all over again. God, 15 was a tough age. Billy, the subject of this… More