Remember in The Squid and the Whale, when Jeff Daniels' character Bernard Berkman dismisses A Tale of Two Cities as "minor Dickens?" When he said that, did you take that as a spur to conduct your own quick referendum on Dickens' work, or more as an indication that the character of Bernard was kind of a jerk? See, my takeaway was the latter, and Roger "Which is correct" Ebert seemed to have gotten the former, which might explain a little of the trouble he had with the film as a whole, maybe.
I think of Bernard, and of how he was kind of a jerk, when I see The Kid With The Bike dismissed or summed up as "minor Dardennes." I'd love to hear a specific argument over how this is the case, and I don't think I'm gonna. It's the best new release I've seen so far this year, and my first five-star review form MSN Movies for the year as well. You should totally see it.