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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One of the many stylistic distinctions of this outwardly modest production is the complex voice that the filmmaker has found for his young...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Valentin is cut from the Woody Allen school of movie kids. With oversized black glasses and small-size suits, he is the total know-it-all...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Can be enjoyed if you don't mind a little manipulation.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is warm and intriguing, and he (Valentin) is the engine that pulls us through it. We care about what happens to him; high praise.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
With charm to spare, Valentin fuses nostalgia and humor in an episodic story whose ultimate focus is the birth of a writer.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Heartfelt and artfully shot, the movie - with little Rodrigo Noya, wearing big eyeglasses, in the title role - is too sweet for its own...
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Noya is a natural actor, and there are genuinely sweet moments between him and the adults. So, why did Agresti feel the need to pour so...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Agresti fattens us up with the kind of kid's-eye-view tragi-comic adventures that regularly supply empty calories in artificially sweetened...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Narrated from start to close by an 8-year-old, it often seems like a coloring book on tape.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The wrap-up feels tacked-on and too good to be true, with emotions the story really hasn't earned.
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Sad but worth watching!

By hernandezp
This is a good movie about a young boy who lives with his Grandmother because his father doesn't want him in his life because he is too busy chasing after women, and his mother who is not mentally...

Very cute and touching film!

By Rodri
This movie will win your heart! Valentin is a very lovable character!...

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Rated PG-13 | For language and some thematic elements