Do child actors deserve more credit?

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LilyModernFamily.jpgHas child acting grown up into something truly noteworthy?

For years the well-earned stereotype of child acting was that it delivered reliably bad performances. But cultural journalist Michael Barthel argues child and teen acting has surpassed that stereotype and gotten really really good.

In fact, he says, we've entered a new golden age of child acting in which the performances are increasingly holding their own against the adults in the cast.

Do you agree? Is it time to better appreciate the great performances kids are giving on screen? Or are you seeing just as many clunky cuties on screen as ever? 

Plus, name your picks for best (and, ok, worst) performances by young actors.

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