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  • Summary: An extraordinary family adventure, I Am David follows a twelve year-old boy as he boldly escapes from an East European prison camp and makes an incredible personal journey to freedom. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    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. I Am David is by far the best after-school special to hit the big screen this season.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Mader
    The picture is essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.
  6. 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.
  7. 38
    I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Jun 1, 2007
    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. Expand

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