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The Kid (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Well-framed, well-cast, and well-intentioned, The Kid still largely fails to set itself apart from the multitude of other westerns covering similar territory.

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In this thrilling Western, a young boy, Rio (Jake Schur), is forced to go on the run across the American Southwest in a desperate attempt to save his sister (Leila George) from his villainous uncle (Chris Pratt). Along the way, he encounters Sheriff Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke), on the hunt for the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan). Rio finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of these two legendary figures as the cat and mouse game of Billy the Kid's final year of life plays out. Ultimately Rio is forced to choose which type of man he is going to become, the outlaw or the man of valor, and will use this self-realization in a final act to save his family.

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Cast

Ethan Hawke
as Sheriff Pat Garrett
Dane DeHaan
as Billy the Kid
Chris Pratt
as Grant Cutler
Jake Schur
as Rio Cutler
Leila George
as Sara Cutler
Adam Baldwin
as Bob Olinger
Clint Obenchain
as Tom Pickett
Chris Bylsma
as Charlie Bowdre
Chad Dashnaw
as Dave Rudabaugh
Tait Fletcher
as Bill Cutler
Hawk D'Onofrio
as Oran Moler
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Sheriff Romero
David Devereaux
as First Reporter
Rachel Singer
as Cricket (a.k.a Whore)
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13)

First-time director D'Onofrio has as an admirable visual style, whether we get medium-long-shot takes or intimate close-ups. This is a good-looking period piece film, percolating with top-tier performances.

March 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It succeeds sporadically as a corrective anti-myth, but as a story about people, it fails to come to life.

March 8, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Kid" manages some picturesque shots of Western landscapes, and Hawke, who has hit a career stride in recent years, wouldn't know how to turn in a bad performance if he tried. But there's not enough here to make this journey worth taking.

March 8, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Simultaneously wants to humanize and mythologize its cowboys - and neither effort works.

March 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This relegation of female characters to the sidelines is depressing for a film released in 2019, especially because it seems entirely possible to have a film looking at masculinity without reducing women to archetypes.

March 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The script is laden with painfully outdated representations and vacillates between snooze-inducing speechifying and bare-bones storytelling that doesn't elucidate a damn thing

March 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4

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