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  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    It isn't a long journey. Kisses clocks at 72 minutes, which feels something less than feature length. It's long enough to include a few cliches and nagging questions, yet it's short enough to leave you wanting more. show more

  • 90
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    By keeping his (Daly) focus on the two remarkable youngsters without an ounce of sentimentality he succeeds in making something true and satisfying. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Slight but engaging, and considerably energized by its two young leads, Daly's Kisses gives several fresh spins to one of Irish cinema's most common recent subjects: troubled working-class children on the lam. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    There's nothing so frustrating as a small movie, made by a clearly gifted filmmaker, that flies close to magic only to be sternly jerked back to earth. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    In an effective touch, Kisses opens in black and white, changes into color for its Dublin scenes, then returns to monochrome. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The kids make stunning debuts, but their accents are thicker than porridge, rendering a good 90 percent of the dialogue so unintelligible that it might as well be in Swahili. Some subtitles are provided out of necessity, but not enough. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    What the writer and director, Lance Daly, means as some kind of transporting urban adventure for them is a disenchanting slog for us. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    Captivating and poignant portayal of life on the edge for the disregarded of our societies. show more

  • 80
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    The sweetest runaways you'll ever meet are pre-teens Kylie Lawless (Kelly O'Neill) and Dylan Dunne (Shane Curry). show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    No one would claim that director Lance Daly delivers an Emerald Isle version of "The Spirit of the Beehive," though this scrappy film does have a knack for capturing the elation and confusion of late childhood in their ragged glory. show more

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