Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I Am David is by far the best after-school special to hit the big screen this season.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Mader
    40
    The picture is essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.
  7. 40
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 38
    I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Jun 1, 2007
    7
    A one-dimensional but nonetheless touching Huck Finn-reminiscent quest as a child courageously copes with loss and hardship while coming to A one-dimensional but nonetheless touching Huck Finn-reminiscent quest as a child courageously copes with loss and hardship while coming to terms with the sacrifices of adults. The flaws of the movie generally rendered reviewers oblivious to the subtleties in this expose of the maturity that can emerge in children. Full Review »