"Mr. Evans's story of sauntering into the right place at the right time and still feeling underappreciated is the focus of this movie...his husky-voiced murmur drunk with self-love and self-loathing has become the basis of one of the funniest, and most telling, films of the year...Touchingly, he is really devoted to the making of movies, his saving grace, and, even more touchingly, he sacrificed himself to his love - and his lifestyle." --

Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"...brash and mesmerizing...the movie plants us right inside the thrilling, frequently hilarious core of Evans' insecurity and's almost tactile in its vibrant nostalgia. 'The Kid Stays in the Picture' is a dazzling dream of a documentary." --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

" is absolutely nothing more than Evans reading his book aloud as narration over digitized publicity shots, film clips, and roving-camera tours of his house...Evans is no Hollywood villain, and yet this grating showcase almost makes you wish he'd gone the way of Don Simpson. Instead, he'll probably get an Irving Thalberg award." --Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

"Bob Evans is nothing if not a survivor--with his sense of humor intact--and 'The Kid Stays in the Picture' leaves us with the feeling that in today's Hollywood it might well be impossible for a colorful, glamorous gambler of such daring yet sure instincts to flourish so fully--and that the movies are surely the worse for it." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"No one loves the Bob Evans story more than Evans himself, and he narrates this unapologetically one-sided trip down memory lane in his distinctive voice, which sounds Some people find that wildly amusing, even endearing. Others may experience it as rug burn. A little Evans can go a long, long way...The kid stayed in the picture, although the picture wasn't too pretty." --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News