• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★½ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    The fierce young boy is always in motion, his face screwed up in determination, pedaling his bike, running through the streets, pounding on doors and windows, demanding, demanding. He demands the love of his father, but lacking that, he wants his bike, and the acceptance of the woman who has become his foster mother on weekends, and recognition from Wes, the teenage neighborhood hoodlum.

    He is named Cyril, and as played here by Thomas Doret, he becomes an indelible portrait…

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  • Wesley Mead

    ★★★★½ Watched by Wesley Mead 16 Apr, 2014

    A refreshingly honest, naturally moving and evolving picture. The themes of love, loss and the search for connection weave together neatly, and the titular Kid makes a great outlet for the Dardennes' powerful story. It's a structurally barebones movie, but with some really complex issues at its heart, and it's really heart-rending to see a three-dimensional child struggle with such a difficult situation. In terms of looks, this is brighter than early Dardennes, but it still feels uber-naturalistic, and the limited non-diegetic sound enhances the experience thoroughly.

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  • Sean Wu

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sean Wu 16 Apr, 2014

    It's a really simple and minimalistic film, a lean and mean emotion machine. It starts slow, but watching the kid's inner conflicts develop into maturity is wonderful, and Cecile De France is so charming as a mother figure. Cannot wait for the new Dardenne film.

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  • Zack

    ★★★ Watched by Zack 15 Apr, 2014

    You just can't reason with that kid.

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  • xrmyx

    ★★★★½ Watched by xrmyx 02 Apr, 2014

    There's not really much I can say about some films, this one included other than go and see it.

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  • frannequin

    ★★½ Watched by frannequin 02 Jan, 2014

    The main character is annoying. I didn't feel sorry for him at no part of the story. It made it difficult to appreciate this movie.

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  • MARTIN BRADLEY

    ★★★★½ Watched by MARTIN BRADLEY 27 Dec, 2013

    Cyril is hard work and no mistake but then why wouldn't he be. Emotionally he's been through the wringer. He's 12 and lives in a care home. Suddenly he finds that the father he sees occasionaly has abandoned him. Around the same time he meets a woman, Samantha, who lives on the same estate where his father used to live and she agrees to foster him on weekends. Between them they track down his dad who turns out to be…

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  • Eric

    ★★★ Watched by Eric 07 Apr, 2012

    Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – the Belgian filmmaking duo with two Palme d’Ors to their name – have established an uncompromisingly naturalistic visual aesthetic over their six features since 1996′s La Promesse. Each picture could also be said to involve a significant moral burden, ultimately culminating more often than not with a hopeful, redemptive note. Great as each of their films are, one grows suspicious that their world is so specific that they risk self-parody. The Kid with a Bike,…

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  • Sara Williams

    ★★½ Watched by Sara Williams 22 Mar, 2014

    That boy was just getting on my nerves. So self indulgent.

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  • bond007258 Sagnik

    ★★★★ Added by bond007258 Sagnik

    Each movie is made with the purpose of striking at least one particular chord within the viewers. Once in a while we have movies that strikes our heart but in a warm way. Those are some of the best films I cherish and THE KID WITH A BIKE did exactly that. I did not watch any of the other Dardenne brother movies before this, but I would certainly look forward to add them in my Movies-to -watch list.

    The plot…

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  • Ella

    ★★★½ Watched by Ella 10 Mar, 2014

    "Dad! I'm here!"

    Or: The Kid Without a Bike Lock.

    Jesus christ, Dardennes. If this is one of your lighter films, I'm preparing for full on emotional anguish with The Child.

    Like a flag being waved on a battlefield, Cyril zips around in his red shirt, getting everywhere and away from everything in a hurry. When everyone else is stopping for reflection or a rest in the tranquil summer breeze, he's ten metres ahead, a red sports car roaring through…

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  • Mark

    ★★★★ Watched by Mark 05 Mar, 2014

    Unfortunately segmented and self-aggrandized with the Beethoven, but otherwise controlled to a fully plot-driven extent and intelligently staged. The kid's pretty well directed, too, although he's steered so we're never expected to blindly give our trust to him or any of the other people we're watching on screen--they're understood as fallible.

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