The Kid

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    It's Willis who delivers the goods in scene after scene, triumphing over a thin script, often bland direction.
  2. 75
    Warm-hearted and effective.
  3. A parable for adults -- particularly men.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    It's a modest little fantasy. But it's also well made, unpretentious and refreshing.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Too bad The Kid gets bogged down in its sentimental manipulations. It has more going for it than you might suppose.
  6. A pleasantly lightweight confection.
  7. 60
    It's solid, if ultimately uninspired, July entertainment.
  8. 60
    Vigilant viewers may spend many of the 101 minutes fixating on tiny holes in the plot, but I was busy being moved by the premise and the filmmakers' confidence in the power of their metaphor: a little boy who's disappointed in the man he grew up to be.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    But if the endpoint is a homiletic given, the journey itself is more charming, and less sentimental, than you might suspect.
  10. 60
    An utterly competent, systematically entertaining summer movie.
  11. 60
    This is quintessential "family entertainment."
  12. A movie we might like to buy into if left to our own devices, but that idea is anathema to Turteltaub, intent on pushing us so hard that we end up pushing back.
  13. 50
    This boomer-coddling comic fantasy, in which a callous adult on the brink of 40 has a chance encounter with his pudgy, lisping 8-year-old self, is an iffier what-if.
  14. 50
    There isn't a moment in the film that isn't overhyped.
  15. Audrey Wells's script and Turteltaub's presentation ring true just often enough to prevent the comedy from descending forever into Cutesy-Wutesy Hell.
  16. 50
    Perfectly acceptable entertainment in the Mouse Factory's most familiar vein.
  17. There's nothing Disneyesque about this bomb except the forced levity of its musical score.
  18. This slight, predictable comedy has appealing moments.
  19. Surprisingly enough, it often soars to heights of not bad.
  20. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    45
    Every time the movie seems poised to veer into watchability, however, Turteltaub is there, like a beat cop for the Fun Police, reminding us to laugh, sigh, or tear up.
  21. Willis and Breslin are stuck in a charmless, predictable picture they can't escape.
  22. Manipulative but fitfully entertaining "Twilight Zone"-ish comedy of redemption.
  23. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    40
    The comic screenplay...pivots on a toothless premise: Russ needs to get in touch with his inner child.
  24. A lightweight, intermittently engaging comedy.
  25. Neither can I imagine many sane adults wanting to put themselves through this movie.
  26. So rich in processed sugar, canned sentiment and schmaltz, I thought I was going to throw up.
  27. Wields its Middle America values and moralistic flogging of idiosyncratic lifestyle choices like a flipped bird.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Director Jon Turteltaub's insistence upon hammering every point home with giant closeups and relentless musical underlining makes this insufferably cloying and sickly sweet.
  29. 10
    The Kid's denouement resembles the nightmare that would have transpired had execs foisted a toupee and a happy ending on "12 Monkeys."
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Apr 14, 2016
    8
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  2. Feb 12, 2012
    9
    This is a wonderful family movie with a lot of funny and warm moments. Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin were fantastic.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    2
    this movie is so horrible!