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HEROES OF "Kes"
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CRITICS OF "Kes"
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TV Guide
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March 16, 2015

Imagine The 400 Blows reconfigured around a working class English boy living in a grimy industrial town and you get some idea of the emotional power of this bleakly realistic film.
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Sight and Sound
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March 16, 2015

Kes, admirably photographed by Chris Menges (who was camera operator on Poor Cow) is not to be lightly dismissed; and Loach's success with young players especially makes one eager to see his forthcoming film for the Save the Children Fund.
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Variety
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April 18, 2011

Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality.
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Slant Magazine
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February 21, 2015

The politics of the schoolyard are more important than the politics of London in Kes, and though he finds himself continuously ridiculed, Billy can always come back to his beloved kestrel.
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Time Out

June 24, 2006

Terrific performances, illuminated by Chris Menges' naturalistic but often evocative photography.
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Common Sense Media
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June 29, 2015

One of the most powerful coming-of-age stories ever told, containing passages of great beauty.
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Time Out
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March 14, 2015

Kes is one of the most astute, engaged films about education and what it takes for kids to be excited about learning or passionate about anything, really, whether in the classroom or roaming the fields with a feathered friend.
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Times (UK)
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March 16, 2015

One of the nation's finest film-makers at an early peak.
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New York Times

May 09, 2005

Loach is not a director of notable style, nor can he often refuse the obvious shot, but he seems to have a remarkable talent for handling actors and obtaining performances that are truly memorable.
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Radio Times
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March 16, 2015

Ken Loach seems to acquire a surer mastery of his art with each picture, yet this, one of his earliest features, is still one of his best.
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Chicago Reader
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April 18, 2011

A classic of British social realism.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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October 23, 2004

Kes is Loach at his best.
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