Kicks (2009)

Two teenagers want to take a shortcut to fame and wealth in this comedy-drama from England. Nicole (Kerrie Hayes) is a fifteen-year-old girl living in Liverpool who has practically become a stranger to her family; her parents have divorced,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2009
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

What's most alluring, though, on an intimate scale, is how far Heymann tries to tell her story not through talk but through physical observation and music (even if she relies on a lot of Ladytron).

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Peter Bradshaw

The initial stages of this film -- just hanging out with Nicole and Jasmine -- are considerably more interesting than the rather strained denouement.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's a promising feature debut...

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's an intriguing idea, but the film is too timid and awkward to really get going

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Look for your kicks elsewhere.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film moves in and out of credibility as if on a dimmer switch, but Hayes and Burley give it the wattage they have.

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Anton Bitel

All at once a sensitive coming-of-age drama, a mildly implausible abduction thriller and a bittersweet love letter to Liverpool, Heymann's film plays like This Is England for the celebrity-obsessed Noughties.

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Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies

It doesn't quite sustain itself all the way through, but Kicks displays an intelligence and verve that are hard to deny.

Robbie Collin
News of the World

The film disappoints because, just like Lee's young kidnappers, once the set-up's out of the way, it has no idea what to do next.

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