70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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70

Variety

By Robert Koehler
An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

Dallas Observer

By Gregory Weinkauf
I Am David is by far the best after-school special to hit the big screen this season.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
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.
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40

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
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.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

The picture is essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.
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40

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
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.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
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47 out of 100
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