(2003)

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70
Variety
An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind.
70
While probably not suitable for the wee ones, older kids and most adults will love this exciting and heartfelt adventure of one boy's survival during the darkest days of post-war Europe.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The movie meets the requirements of the "Life Is Beautiful" school; those loyal to the tougher, more stringent Osama academy of realism need not apply.
50
Chicago Tribune
The beautifully shot but dramatically strained I Am David falls prey to the defect of all poor road movies: In gluing together unbelievable but convenient episodes with sugary sentimentality, it loses most of its credibility.
50
I Am David is by far the best after-school special to hit the big screen this season.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
The picture is essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.
40
Unfortunately writer-director Paul Feig has a weakness for artiness in general and hokey art movies in particular, and the overall sluggishness of this 2003 adaptation starring Ben Tibber makes such devices as slow-motion seem like mannered rhetoric.
40
The A.V. Club
While it's not always necessary for filmmakers to relate that closely to their material, Feig's marked distance from the story of a sullen boy who parts the Iron Curtain may account for its generic artlessness.
38
I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.

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