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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The picture is essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight. show more

  • 50
    Robert K. Elder 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. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum 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. show more

  • 70
    Robert Koehler Variety

    An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind. show more

  • 50
    Gregory Weinkauf Dallas Observer

    I Am David is by far the best after-school special to hit the big screen this season. show more

  • 40
    Scott Tobias 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. show more

  • 40
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    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. show more

  • June 20, 2014 larry
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    One of the truly good movies for young and old alike. Any critic that does not like this movie must be unfortunately a very sad and unhappy person who sees little good in anything they review....

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