The Kid With a Bike Synopsis
Abandoned by his father, a young boy finds himself left in the charge of an unqualified caretaker.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Dardennes achieve lyricism without seeming to try.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Leery filmgoers can exhale: The Kid With a Bike may hew faithfully to the Dardennes' house style of spare, lucid storytelling. But without...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Working on a scale that's minuscule by studio standards, the Dardenne brothers have made yet another movie that does what Hollywood used to...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Kindness is evident in even the most hurt or exasperated moments of de France's lovely performance as Samantha. But then, kindness couched...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying,...
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
The Kid With a Bike feels as vulnerable as Cyril's unformed character. Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The real strength of The Kid with a Bike is the cautious but generous warmth of its storytelling. Not much happens in The Kid with a Bike,...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's miles away from big-budget, pop-culture entertainment, but you may be surprised by its impact.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What it means in practice is that, with a Dardennes movie, nothing much seems to be going on - until everything seems to be going on. We...
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This Turbulent Drama Loses Nothing In Translation.

By Alon Patterson
It may be French and subtitled in English but this is well worth its ticket price. The protagonist player (the kid) basically carries the screenplay but does a fine job regardless the language of his...

250 Blows (or maybe 600)

By kkampsch
Kid with a Bike is, first of all, gripping. The Kid is, like M. Leaud, a scene stealer, not deliberately, rather because the acting is so natural. Every moment he is on the screen, which is almost...

Reality brought to the screen

By aletaqueen
At first glance it's an ordinary story about ordinary life events. Story boils down to ... Boy's father leaves and son doesn't understand why. What made it powerful was its ordinary-ness. It is so...

Had high hopes

By alisab63
I was looking forward to catch this movie after seeing the previews but was a bit disappointed. Very slow. I caught myself checking my phone a few times throughout out of boredom. This was the...

something different

By hellokitty56
not predictable it makes you think not a cute little moppet tugging at your heartstrings but an angry kid in a terrible situation and you end up rooting for him all the way realistic and believable...

Dardennes stay on theme

By awhittak
Another of the Dardenne brothers depictions of the tenacity (often wrong-headed) of neglected and abandoned children. Looking at the film as a part of a series with La Promesse, and L'enfant (with the...

The Kid With a Bike

By Peneflix
This Belgian film was one of the "darlings" of the Chicago Film Festival (October, 2011) and absolutely warrants its plaudits. Glittering copiously with the gems of a fabulously fine flick:...

Wonderfully sensitive movie

By Reagleplayer
I saw The Kid With A Bike with 2 friends and we all loved it. Very interesting story, and not predictable at all. The acting and directing were great. The little boy was very natural and...


By frascati
Simplistic script, average acting. Could have been less than an hour movie....

entirely disappointing in plot, script, score, etc.

By rafsanjani
entirely disappointing in plot, script, score, etc....

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Rated NR | For Violence, Brief Language, Thematic Elements and Smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Downbeat but powerful drama about childhood and love.
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