The Kid
The Kid (2010)

Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2010
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Anna Smith
Time Out

This is an inspiring story, but it's badly told. Best read the book instead.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

Director Nick Moran obviously feels strongly about the material but fails to create a consistent tone.

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Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

The Kid is an accomplished adaptation of Lewis's novel that hammers home Kevin's suffering at the hands of a monstrous matriarch.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

It's so unsubtle in its characterisation and so plodding in its narrative that it's unlikely to reach much of an audience.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A de-glamourised Natascha McElhone is so unconvincing as the harridan of a mother that her performance is hard to take seriously.

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)

[An] excellent adaptation of Kevin Lewis's bestselling book about his difficult and at times harrowing life.

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Sophie Ivan

In this case, truth isn't stranger than fiction, it's just strangely hackneyed.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

It's a heck of a lot better than director Nick Moran's last movie (Joe Meek biopic Telstar), but could have done with tighter storytelling and better casting.

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Nick Moran -- like Casey Affleck, an actor-turned-director -- marshals his relentlessly grim material unflinchingly, and Rupert Friend, as the adult Kevin, is engaging and convincing in a complex role.

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