Kid-Thing (2013)

A fever-dream fable about a rebellious girl who spends her time roaming the land, leaving destruction in her wake.(c) Official Facebook

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

[A] minimalist, rule-breaking exercise in head-scratching human behavior.

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Sam Adams
Time Out

Aguirre is a find-she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween-but the movie's magical-realist elements don't jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance.

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

Its main character's moral predicament with a woman inside a pit becomes a muddle of confused symbolism and trite psychoanalysis.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Zellner handles the material delicately, treating her apparent psychosis like an ill-fated by-product of growing up. This strange yet wistful dynamic suggests Harmony Korine adapting Judy Blume.

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William Goss
MSN Movies

Like Days of Heaven on paint fumes, a languid, occasionally hilarious, occasionally poetic coming-of-age story.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Beneath the affectations, there's poetry in Kid-Thing, and truth in its depiction of how absolute freedom can be a kind of trap.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The film is, if nothing else, an interesting meditation on how a child who grows up without guidance might react to a situation that requires judgment.

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Ronnie Scheib

Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.

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Paul Gallagher
The List

Without a compelling narrative to hold the scenes together it's hard work with little reward, even for a committed audience.

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