Liberty Kid
Liberty Kid (2008)

Director Ilya Chaiken explores the lives of Tico and Derrick, two friends and former Statue of Liberty employees who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Tico is a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
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Los Angeles Times

[Director] Chaiken has a keen eye and ear for street-level realism and an evident love of the city's as-yet-ungentrified fringes.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

The strong performances and Chaiken's vivid NYC locations, lend the film unexpected resonance.

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Don Willmott

almost anthropological in its careful attention to colorful Brooklyn detail

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

There is no shortage of films about the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but there is a lack of good ones. The low-budget indie Liberty Kid, produced by downtown auteur Larry Fessenden, is one of those that succeeds.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Even though Liberty Kid is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11.

Cynthia Fuchs

The effects of Derrick's wars -- multiple, low-key, endless -- were in motion long before he went to Afghanistan.

Ronnie Scheib

Evident throughout is Chaiken's ability to patiently build a scene without fanfare or artifice.

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New York Magazine/Vulture

Chaiken's subtle narrative touch, along with the exceptionally strong performances of leads Al Thompson and Kareem Savinon, gives this one a rare emotional pull.

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

As volatile as the subject matter is here, Liberty Kid is shockingly subtle. Massive aspects about the relationship between Tico and Derrick are only inferred and the performances of the leads are really quite good.

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