91

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
[A] harrowing documentary.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A real-life thriller that rivals the most dramatic fiction in terms of emotional impact.
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The documentary is stellar, despite some vague visual-metaphor stuff involving dioramas in an attic. Bring something you can punch, as you will be furious.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
An impressive, often enraging feature-length debut from director Robert May, deals carefully and well with the so-called kids for cash scandal.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kids for Cash is no-nonsense, no-stone-unturned filmmaking.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The film represents a scathing critique of America’s juvenile justice system, the privatization of penal institutions, and the whole notion of “zero tolerance.”
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80

NPR

Robert May, a producer on "The Station Agent" and "The Fog of War," makes his directing debut with a carefully measured, admirably precise account of this sordid business.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Kids for Cash may not be inherently cinematic (a lot of the footage, after all, first appeared on television) but it is compelling.
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70

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
I’d liked him to have asked the judge specifically about the MySpace girl, whose case led to his comeuppance. But it’s a huge story, and Kids for Cash provides a measure of justice.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
May errs in styling this human interest saga.
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75 out of 100
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