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On the fringes of Dublin two kids, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier. After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run away with him. Together they make their way to the magical night time lights of inner city Dublin, to search for Dylan's brother in the hope of finding the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A coming-of-age drama so Irish you'll want to take out your Pogues' lyric sheets beforehand to brush up on Gaelic mumbling."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's exciting, sweet, gritty and generally just a joy to watch."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Sincere and vulnerable, aching with youthful insight"
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"When it's not trite, Kisses can be refreshing in its realism."
‑ Zak Jason, Boston Phoenix
"What the writer and director, Lance Daly, means as some kind of transporting urban adventure for them is a disenchanting slog for us."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Rewarding tale of two kids loose on Dublin's mean streets with outstanding performances."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"There are undoubtedly more dark days ahead for Kylie and Dylan, but in Kisses, we see the beginning of character forged by circumstance."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Cute but foul-mouthed, tough but vulnerable and obviously crazy about each other in a reticent way, these kids are a wonderful presence, giving the most contrived scenes genuine emotion and a veneer of realness."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Lance Daly's Ireland is not the scenic Irish wonderland of Ondine."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's arresting."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Terrific non-pro actors Kelly O'Neill (Kylie) and Shane Curry (Dylan) are the backbone of the film, directed by Lance Daly, who says as a kid he thought of running away."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"In writer-director Lance Daly?s lens, downtown Dublin is like a modern-day Oz ? and the movie even starts by showing the kids? dreary home life in black-and-white, slowly moving to full color."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A darkling, modern-day fairy tale and lyrical coming-of-age story, Irish filmmaker Lance Daly's 2008 film "Kisses" is a small gem."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"A blend of gritty realism sand magical fantasy that's undoubtedly calculated but still deeply satisfying."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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