"Essentially a devastating coming of age odyssey, and a morally complex one built on painful lessons, the gripping “Kicks” deconstructs the desire to be a man in contrast to what true manhood actually requires. Moreover, Tipping’s bold and meditative drama with its reflective moods and streetwise grime has delivered one of the best feature-length debuts of 2016 and one of the best films of the year, period."
- THE PLAYLIST
"With Kicks, which hits theaters in September, a new class of Bay Area filmmakers is crystallizing for the first time in a long time. There hasn’t really been one to boast of since George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola followed the counterculture to San Francisco in 1969"
- The Daily Beast
"TIPPING CONSTRUCTS A LYRICAL ATMOSPHERE THAT SUGGESTS TERRENCE MALICK FOR THE HIP-HOP SET”- INDIE WIRE
"A debut of undeniable promise" - VARIETY
"its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debut" - Hollywood Reporter
"Its place as piece of artistic storytelling is unquestionable" - Bold As Love
“Kicks is a funny, touching and street-smart coming-of-age dramedy that oozes with style" - Film Pulse
"JOSEPH CAMPBELL MEETS DOPE IN JUSTIN TIPPING’S EXHILARATING DEBUT" - ROLLING STONE
"what Tipping masters perfectly in the film is the constant ebb and flow of humor, and darkness" SHADOW AND ACT