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Kids offers a bleak, unblinking view of a group of vacuous, thoughtless New York City teens in their ceaseless quest for sex, drugs, and trouble. The film primarily follows Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), who, having just realized the conquest of his latest virgin, brags that by day's end he will claim one more. While he and his friends brag to each other about their sexual exploits, Jenny (ChloŽ Sevigny) describes her own less-than-romantic encounter with Telly. Soon after the conversation, she learns that Telly, the only boy with whom she has slept, has infected her with the AIDS virus.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Frightening, frank and serious, a wake-up call to the world."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Kids shows what transpires when children are set adrift in a heartless world, and warns us what happens -- and is already happening -- in the absence of love and guidance."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Pedophilia, pedophilia, pedophilia."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"In its candid and bold approach, Larry Clarke's controversial film dwarfs all of Hollywood's youth movies, crossing new boundaries in its portrayal of sex and drugs; for a change, real teenagers, not actors in their 20s, play the roles."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film isn't all that entertaining, but it does provide a sort of creepy, voyeuristic nostalgia"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"None of the advance hype on Kids can prepare you for the raw, stripped-down reality that Larry Clark captures in his astonishing first film."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Kids, a disturbingly voyeuristic look at adolescent promiscuity, is virtually child pornography disguised as a cautionary documentary."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The first-time director, Larry Clark, is rather like his protagonist: He comes on to you, has his rough way with you, and leaves you feeling empty and violated."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Could easily pass for a kiddie porn film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"insightful but indulgent"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Kids is the kind of movie that needs to be talked about afterward."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There really are some kids who think like this, and these are the kids who should see this film"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One of Larry Clark's infamous "Kids are Evil Monsters" movies, Clark tells very little, and shows too much with an art illusion."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Overrated reality slop."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Appalling, immoral rubbish palmed off as art."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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