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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)
More reviews for Kids on Rotten Tomatoes

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