Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 7, 2013
    70
    Beneath the affectations, there’s poetry in Kid-Thing, and truth in its depiction of how absolute freedom can be a kind of trap.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 6, 2013
    70
    Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    Kid-Thing proves as disturbing for what it is as for what it's not.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Aug 6, 2013
    60
    Aguirre is a find—she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween—but the movie’s magical-realist elements don’t jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 6, 2013
    60
    The film is, if nothing else, an interesting meditation on how a child who grows up without guidance might react to a situation that requires judgment.
  6. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Aug 8, 2013
    50
    Its main character's moral predicament with a woman inside a pit becomes a muddle of confused symbolism and trite psychoanalysis.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    The film's slender conceit is given some weight by its 11-year-old leading lady Sydney Aguirre, whose portrait of a flinty, instinctively mischievous tomboy growing up without benefit of parental guidance provides gratification even when there's not much going on.

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