Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    Visually stunning and contextually provocative, God Grew Tired of Us is quite simply one of the most beautiful documentaries I've ever seen. Intelligent, heartbreaking, uplifting, humorous and reverent, the film is an adventure in what it means to be human.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Seesawing between despair and soul-affirming inspiration, God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary to make you proud of what America offers to the rest of the world and worried that it can't keep its promises.
  4. 83
    Fortunately, their story is just as compelling here, and the film's subjects display impressive adaptability, as well as a desire not to forget those they've left behind.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. brianl
    Jan 30, 2009
    This was a very big eye opener, this documentary is excellent.
  2. AndrewK.
    Mar 20, 2007
    A wonderful film. Very educational. Having never seen "Lost Boys," I can't know if this film was as good, but for someone who knew nothing of the issue at hand, I found it to be a very good film. The boys whose lives we follow are so inspiring to me because they possess more will power, more moral strength, and more determination than I could ever hope to achieve. This is one of those films that makes you look at yourself and at our country, and realize both how lucky we are and how selfish. I'm glad that these guys were able to improve their lives by coming here, but I think it's a shame that we were not able to do more for them. And it has more to do with the way we are structured as a society than anything else. The refugees question our ability to get through our lives with so little social interaction...with such hostility toward people we don't know. And it makes you realize what a culture of fear we live in. I came out of this film feeling very confused about the way in which I live my life and the direction that we are headed as a country. And that's what makes this such an important film. It makes you think. Full Review »
  3. HeidiF.
    Feb 22, 2007
    This is one of the best films I have ever seen! It makes you think about what is really important in life. These boys are here in the U.S. so we can help and teach them, but I feel it is "us" who need to be taught from them. The humor in the film was also great! Full Review »