"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

“Can movies like KICKS usher in the next wave of Spike Lees?” Los Angeles Times

“The characters have enough dimension to avoid appearing to be symbols of a social tragedy, and the movie’s relative gentleness makes the harsher realities of Brandon’s world all the more distressing.” New York Times

“KICKS asks audiences to peer deeper into the cultures that we obsess over, idolize, and commodify at extreme costs.” Daily Beast

 “A debut of undeniable promise” Variety 

“What Tipping masters perfectly in the film is the constant ebb and flow of humor, and darkness” Shadow and Act

“…A powerful exploration of the cultural importance of sneakers, how aggression and masculine pride often go hand in hand, and the endless cycle of violence in the inner city.” Complex

"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

“A gripping 21st century tale about inner city masculinity, violence, and the lust for shiny things.” IndieWire

“Its place as a 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 

 “An arresting visual experience” Variety 

“Shocking, Raw, Remarkable” Film Journal 

“Tipping constructs a lyrical atmosphere that suggests Terrence Malick for the Hip-Hop set” Indie Wire

“It remains unclear, in the end, whether Brandon wins or loses, and this moral ambiguity may be the most adult thing he experiences. As his friends carry him away from the final confrontation, they offer words of support. “At least you got some hits in. You’re a man now,” Rico says. But Brandon doesn’t speak. His face is too bloodied.” The New Yorker

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