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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 1, 2011
    40
    Racing enthusiasts will appreciate historical footage, while a thread about a new student overwhelmed by his responsibilities has promise. But after a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Lads & Jockeys conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
  3. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Dec 3, 2011
    63
    Half-formed expressions of disappointment, hope, struggle, confusion, and boyish playfulness on faces otherwise marked by youth's inexperience, and a self-consciousness brought on by the curiosity of being filmed, constitute the most memorable moments of Lads & Jockeys, a documentary on 14-year-old aspiring jockeys in France.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 1, 2011
    67
    By giving the boys onscreen room to be goofy and immature, Marquet makes the film something warmer than a formal study in discipline and being made to grow up before their time.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 30, 2011
    70
    A must for the equine-inclined, and a candid look at fearful ambition.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 29, 2011
    70
    Director Benjamin Marquet mingles black-and-white footage of students past with that of his current focus - three 14-year-olds in their first year of a jockey apprenticeship - to build a sense of specificity and continuum into a timeless passage.

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