Kids for Cash Synopsis
Robert May chronicles the case of a judge who received kickbacks for sending juveniles to prison.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
[A] harrowing documentary.
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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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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...
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kids for Cash is no-nonsense, no-stone-unturned filmmaking.
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By Ronnie Scheib
The film represents a scathing critique of America’s juvenile justice system, the privatization of penal institutions, and the whole notion...
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Robert May, a producer on "The Station Agent" and "The Fog of War," makes his directing debut with a carefully measured, admirably precise...
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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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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
May errs in styling this human interest saga.
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Engaging, affecting and troubling movie

By seisdorf
Kids for Cash is a powerful and affecting movie about two things: a shocking scandal--juvenile courts shipping kids off to residential facilities in which the judges had a financial interest--and a...

Touching documentary

By eckerchrisr
This film was excellent. The stories told were emotional and eye opening. I wouldn't want to show this movie to a child, the idea of kids being sent away to detention centers and losing...

Do not miss this movie

By staceydougan
Kids for Cash is about so much more than the outrageous scandal that brought down two juvenile judges in a PA county. It's about our priorities and morays as a society. How do we live with ourselves...

Sad...but true

By sheleasesmith
I encourage everyone to please go see th is very important film regarding our children. This brought me to tears....

A little slow-moving, but...

By jargenzi
A really powerful message throughout the movie. I was fortunate enough to catch this in NYC before it's release. A must-see for documentary enthusiasts....

One in a series of examples of PA corruptness

By capecva
Whether the director knew it, Pennsylvania's level of corruption, back woods, red neck politics requires exposure. The PennState scandal, Kids for Cash, police cover ups in Philadelphia....

Must see film!

By carol474
See this film - it is great and it will wake you up to some healthy moral outrage. Then become an advocate for ending the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration of children, people of color...

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Rated PG-13