The Kid with a Bike
The Kid with a Bike (2012)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to the Dardenne brothers' typically fine direction, The Kid with a Bike is a heart-wrenching, thematically and spiritually rich drama.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The directing by the Dardenne brothers reflects their previous work: it wants to be unnoticed either for virtuosity or clumsiness, yet only virtuosos can attain this ideal.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

The results are emotionally ingratiating and quite touching.

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Mike D'Angelo
L.A. Weekly

It's nonetheless immensely satisfying - not least in its commitment to a child protagonist whose near-feral intensity and unthinking ingratitude make him the polar opposite of cute.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

This amazing film of loss and discovery will change you - a rare occurrence these days.

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Tom Charity

There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope.

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Christine Smallwood
The New York Review of Books

The result is neither dull nor dutiful, nor conventionally guilt-inducing for a comfortable art house audience -- it is quite the opposite. [The Dardennes'] films are tense high-wire acts of dramatic irony.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Although interesting at first, this drama is a frustrating effort that doesn't seem to have much to say, while the characters are not well constructed or… More
William Dunmyer
The Dardennes Brothers' "The Kid with a Bike," which tied for second prize at Cannes last year, is what you would expect from this filmmaking… More
Mark Hobin
Coming of age tales heavily rely on the emotional connection that audiences share with the protagonist. If we can't identify with the star, then the story… More
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