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The Kid With a Bike

HD   PG-13

Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

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About the Movie

Winner of the Grand Prix at 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a 69th Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving film by the Dardenne brothers (L’enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (newcomer Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France - Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her - though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, THE KID WITH A BIKE is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 123
  • Fresh: 118
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A wonderfully human and humane story about one of those lost-and-found children who tend to slip through society's not-so-safe safety nets. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Mar 16, 2012

Fresh: There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year. – Tom Charity,, Jan 7, 2013

Fresh: Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life. – Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, Mar 16, 2012

Fresh: The Dardennes' latest is one of their best, a memorable cinematic portrait of troubled youth and soul-saving charity. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Mar 22, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Wonderfully filmed story about a boy and the lady who cared enough to try and help.

What an inspiring movie about the human spirit. If a child is abandoned by his only parent- his father- without any word or explanation- how can a child's heart ever recover? How can a child love himself if he feels like he isn't loved by his parents?

This movie invites us into the troubled mind of a young boy who has to go through stages to make sense of being abandoned - and how he makes choices, some good, but others terrible- to find a way to go on living.

A kind hairdresser happens to be at the right place and time to witness the heart wrenching emotional reaction the boy in denial has when given proof that his dad is really gone- even stooping so low as to sell his son's beloved bike for money.

The hairdresser can't help but try to make life better for the boy, and continues by doing some random acts of kindness for the boy. The boy might not want this lady to care for him, perhaps since he doesn't feel like he is worthy, after all his dad didn't think he was.

This story brings us along as the hairdresser becomes the only person the boy can trust to love him- and allows us to hurt with him as he tests this love - after all she might leave too. You have to watch the movie to understand how much you care that the boy ends up okay- and with hope for a happy life for himself.

In several very affecting scenes we feel the pain of this boy as he rides, silently and lost in thought, on his bike down the streets of the town. Sometimes the hardest times in a persons life happen when one is deep in thought, or experiencing intense grief and utter dismay. As this wounded boy rides the streets on his bike, alone, silently battling the anger and sadness over the circumstances of his life , we feel the depth of his hurt." A Boy and His Bike " tells a story of sadness, hurt , self hatred, and the journey back from the dark side of the heart.

Simple tale of a kid who must be loved

Cyril, a young red headed kid, has a dad who has lost all of his backbone, any notion of generous love, and, evidently, his waxed surf board. He simply walks away: "Don't call me, I'm starting over".
Cyril has the drive, insistence, and determination of a pit be loved. By his the local drug thug...but not by the woman that, by pure random chance, Cyril has actually chosen to be his new mother.
The kid on the bike takes a while to find his way home....but it's a tough, sweet, well-earned homecoming.

Has potential, but slow moving and lacks more development.

I am shocked that Rotten Tomatoes gave this a 96%! Really, it has potential, but moves too slow and the end leaves you hanging… it was disappointing and left me thinking, "This is a very poor ending!" iTunes, this movie should rent for 99 cents.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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