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  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Kids for Cash is no-nonsense, no-stone-unturned filmmaking. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It’s worth seeing Robert May’s vital judicial expose — not only to learn about the titular scandal, but also to appreciate both the highs and lows of human resilience. show more

  • 90
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A real-life thriller that rivals the most dramatic fiction in terms of emotional impact. show more

  • 80

    Robert May, a producer on "The Station Agent" and "The Fog of War," makes his directing debut with a carefully measured, admirably precise account of this sordid business. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    An impressive, often enraging feature-length debut from director Robert May, deals carefully and well with the so-called kids for cash scandal. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Kids for Cash may not be inherently cinematic (a lot of the footage, after all, first appeared on television) but it is compelling. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    May errs in styling this human interest saga. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    May’s biggest get, however, is Ciavarella himself—a man forever rationalizing his shady actions, who emerges as a more complexly tragic figure than you’d think possible. show more

  • 30
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    A heavy-breathing, narrowly focused outrage-generator about a corruption case that both the court of public opinion and the actual court system have already agreed was outrageous. show more

  • 91
    Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly

    [A] harrowing documentary. show more

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