• Cameron Morewood

    ★★★★½ Watched by Cameron Morewood 18 Jul, 2014

    Like most of the Dardenne brothers' work, The Kid with a Bike is simple, but emotionally involving and rich in its characters. Dardenne films are all similar in that they all focus solely on the characters, and this film is no different. The titular "kid" gives an astonishing performance, which is a massive compliment coming from me, because I typically hate child actors. Cécile De France is also quite good as a working woman who encounters the boy and shares…


  • Dirk van Eck

    ★★★ Watched by Dirk van Eck 19 Jul, 2014

    It is extremely hot in the Netherlands right now, so I was relieved to find out that the Belgian channel showed this, so that I could watch something in my much cooler basement, instead of behind my PC in this boiling living room. ‘The Kid with the Bike’ is perhaps the most accessible film of the influential brothers Dardenne of whom I have as of yet never seen a picture, but I still had some trouble to get into it.…


  • Devin

    Added by Devin

    dardennes with a dash of happy. well as happy as they get. which is pretty happy in the end after a lot of stuff in the middle and beginning. (wait the kid almost dies in the end, wait he doesn't die, wahoo!) kindness wins! hurrah! in your face cynicism! the more i reflect about it the better it gets (like all dardennes films I have watched they cannot be digested only in the moment you consume them). maybe i will rate it later.


  • Ferrandis

    Watched by Ferrandis 14 Jun, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Dave Crewe

    ★★★★ Watched by Dave Crewe 27 Jun, 2014

    An inversion of The 400 Blows (with a comparable level of craft). Here, the central character (an 11 year-old boy) is a largely unlikable (if quite sympathetic) character who overcomes adversity largely thanks to the admirable persistence of his foster mother - as opposed to Antoine, a fundamentally good-hearted kid who fails because the authority figures in his life can only forgive him so many times.


  • Nick Kline

    ★★★★½ Watched by Nick Kline 25 Jun, 2014

    Yes this is kind of a greatest-hits tape by the Dardennes (at the beginning it seems like it's a semi-sequel to The Child if Renier's epiphany at the end of that film a) didn't happen or b) didn't hold), but these guys can emotionally wreck me in a way no one else can. Super impressive when we deal with protagonists as flawed as theirs.

    It's actually that greatest-hits vibe about this and Two Days, One Night that I find most…


  • Wesley Emblidge

    ★★★★ Watched by Wesley Emblidge 19 Jun, 2014

    Maybe get a bike lock?


  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Heiser 19 May, 2014

    First movie I've seen by the Dardenne Brothers, good story and acting.


  • Kurt Velghe

    ★★★½ Watched by Kurt Velghe 10 Jun, 2014

    Typische Dardenne met een voor hen ongewoon optimistische ondertoon.


  • Janitra Ezra

    ★★★★ Watched by Janitra Ezra 10 Jun, 2014

    Lock your bike next time, kid.


  • Omar_Larabi

    ★★★★½ Added by Omar_Larabi

    Een vaderloos bestaan betekent geenszins een verlies

    De openingsscene van Le Gamin Au Vélo kent sterke verwijzingen naar Francois Truffaut's Les Quatre Cents Coups. Hoofdrolspeler Cyril (Thomas Doret) tracht als jonge opstandeling te vluchten uit een internaat, net zoals Antoine dat in 1959 deed. Die gelijkenis blijft eigenlijk de hele film overeind. Truffaut slaagde er destijds in de rauwe realiteit van het bestaan vorm te geven en dat doen de gebroeders Dardenne ook al sinds jaar en dag. Deze cineasten…


  • fatpie42

    ★★ Watched by fatpie42 30 Dec, 2012

    The central protagonist has a very natural performance. He's playing someone who doesn't always express himself well, seems to display a childish selfishness and only shows a limited range of emotion most of the time. This is all bourne out of the character's abandonment issues and it's worth recognising that the way the film feels like almost a fly-on-the-wall documentary is a testament to the acting talent of this young actor.

    The direction the film goes is somewhat awkward. If…