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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    What it means in practice is that, with a Dardennes movie, nothing much seems to be going on - until everything seems to be going on. We watch events at a remove, and then, at a certain magical point, we are in the story, and we don't quite know how they did it - again. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Working on a scale that's minuscule by studio standards, the Dardenne brothers have made yet another movie that does what Hollywood used to do - keep us rapt, and leave us grateful. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's miles away from big-budget, pop-culture entertainment, but you may be surprised by its impact. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kindness is evident in even the most hurt or exasperated moments of de France's lovely performance as Samantha. But then, kindness couched in unblinking social realism is an intrinsic part of how these supremely gifted filmmakers view the world. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    The Kid With a Bike feels as vulnerable as Cyril's unformed character. Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The real strength of The Kid with a Bike is the cautious but generous warmth of its storytelling. Not much happens in The Kid with a Bike, but it leaves you grateful that the worst doesn't happen - with these characters, you might not be able to bear it. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Leery filmgoers can exhale: The Kid With a Bike may hew faithfully to the Dardennes' house style of spare, lucid storytelling. But without giving anything away, let's just say that with this simple, deeply affecting tale, they never set out to break your heart. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The Dardennes achieve lyricism without seeming to try. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The most mysterious character in The Kid With a Bike is not the kid, who after all, has a story it's fairly easy to understand. It is the hairdresser, played by Cecille De France with her sad beauty. This actress carries lifetimes in her eyes. show more

  • March 10, 2013 es00000000126822
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    I am surprised that no on has mentioned that this is a remake of another movie of the same name. I liked the original better. I am most of all more amazed that this movie won the award. This is but a mere remake of an original.

  • December 16, 2012 donrholloway
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    This was one of the best films I have ever seen. I cried out of sadness for the character Cyril. The actor who played Cyril, Thomas Doret, was so awesome. Where did they find this kid? I loved him and I hope this won\'t be his only film. I highly recommend this film.

  • April 23, 2012 mikesmutt
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    Just like the character of Cyril, I got knocked off my bike with such abruptness---Cyril due to his past and myself with wondering why the movie was ending half finished---so unsatisfying

  • April 06, 2012 Marlyn
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    I love this movie..its one of best movies I\'ve seen in my life..very sad story about the kid who wanted to be loved by his father..I cried and cried..I was moved by the story..I highly recommended

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