Zulu_Shaun’s review published on Letterboxd:
The brutal beauty of this movie remains undimmed by time. Ken Loach's wonderful never too little, never too much direction allows for the best and most natural performance from a child actor I have ever seen from David "Dai" Bradley as Billy Casper. The original latchkey kid who finds in training a kestrel a sense of fulfilment and self worth that his emotional neglected home life and chew'em up and spit them down the local coal mine education could never hope to give him. Even after multiple viewings now the ending still kills me. Billy's future may lie in the dustbin but for a short while he has had his horizons broadened. On the surface it could seem dated but at it's heart is a story that is pretty much timeless and in this case brilliantly told. Totally superb.