Charm City Kings

Charm City Kings

Charm City Kings

Indie drama following Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston), a 14-year-old who desperately wants to join Baltimore's infamous The Midnight Clique, dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. Midnight’s leader (Meek Mill) take him under his wing, Mouse finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence. Based on the 2013 documentary 12 O'Clock Boys by Lofty Nathan.

Winner of the Dramatic Special Jury Award for it's ensemble cast at Sundance 2020. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
2020125 minsUSA
DramaFestival & Independent

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Charm City Kings / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A formulaic charmer with too many hands on the wheel.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Featuring a breakthrough performance from Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Angel Manuel Soto’s slick coming-of-age drama captures (the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys') spirit.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The dirt bike hook quickly becomes an artificial facade for yet another generic story about Baltimore’s drug trade.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Charm City Kings distinguishes itself from similar fare not just through its location and eye-popping bikes but also with the believably imperfect people that populate it.

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Collider

Collider

Like the best coming-of-age movies, Charm City Kings knows how to play by the beats of the genre while making them feel unique and immediate.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Charm City Kings never generates the kind of engagement with its characters necessary to help viewers get past the predictable nature of their dilemmas.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The dirt bikes and their exuberant operators are the saving grace - and joy - of (this) sincere if overstuffed drama...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

An appealing if familiar coming-of-age drama...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

(Charm City Kings') abundance of plot contrivances in the final act and overly scripted dialogue hold it back from greatness, but two excellent performers (Winston and Mill) overcome all of this familiarity.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This story... feels very familiar.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

In its view of a world where kids make their own fun and also, sometimes, their own bad choices, it rings true.

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Decider

Decider

Without the visual dynamics and strong character work from the cast, the film would struggle...

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Time Out

Time Out

Mixes good vibes with social commentary to winning effect...

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