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  • Summary: Something sinister is lurking under the surface of 10 year old Michele's idyllic summer in 1978. While the days in his remote southern Italian village are filled with the familiar routines of childhood, a chance discovery leads to a shocking revelation. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Nestor Ramos
    91
    If the slightly hurried third act and unlikely conclusion don't quite deliver on the brilliance of the first 75 minutes, it's a forgivable offense. This is a different sort of horror film, where the known is infinitely more frightening than the unknown.
  2. 88
    Like the best coming-of-age stories, I'm Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura) is, in part, a work of horror.
  3. With a taste for dark lyricism, the director delicately emphasizes the contrast between surface innocence and subterranean danger, and between grown-up secrets and boyhood bravery.
  4. Beautifully shot and compelling blend of thriller and coming-of-age drama.
  5. It's hard to find a current release that so effectively teases the mind and emotions.
  6. The fascination here is not so much the surface drama, though that is suspenseful and sometimes shocking, but Michele's inability to grasp the nature and extent of the evil that surrounds him.
  7. The upshot is a general fog of two-dimensional characterization, slowly churning plot gearwork, and an ineffective air of forced lyricism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. va
    Jul 18, 2009
    10
    Excellent!
  2. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    "I'm Not Scared" is like a tale. It's effective and balance placing mystery part, crime-drama part, thriller part and inspiring-story part in"I'm Not Scared" is like a tale. It's effective and balance placing mystery part, crime-drama part, thriller part and inspiring-story part in whole scene, supported by a well-acted performances and beautiful shot. Expand
  3. ShahidullaK.
    Jan 5, 2008
    9
    One of the best movies that I ever watched in my life. The music, innocent face of the boy that kidnapped and the michele and all the One of the best movies that I ever watched in my life. The music, innocent face of the boy that kidnapped and the michele and all the beautiful scenaries are remarkable. Expand
  4. May 27, 2013
    8
    I found this a very engaging film with some very interesting characters and an intriguing story line. It’s beautifully shot; making the mostI found this a very engaging film with some very interesting characters and an intriguing story line. It’s beautifully shot; making the most of the landscape, showing off the wide open spaces of the region. There is also some nice close-up work in which we get to see many of the small creatures that inhabit the fields. All the performances were excellent; particularly Giuseppe Cristiano; he really held the thing together with some great work! Over all, I can safely say I enjoyed this one although I did find it a little predictable towards the end but I think it’s still worth a look.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 7.9/10
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  5. DeanS.
    May 1, 2006
    8
    A good effective movie. I didn't know what to expect and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
  6. AmurabiM.
    Jul 4, 2006
    6
    [***SPOILERS***] Yes, we are watching a coming-of-age story from a kid discovering the bittersweetness of life. This dramatic tale of a [***SPOILERS***] Yes, we are watching a coming-of-age story from a kid discovering the bittersweetness of life. This dramatic tale of a childhood, moral dilemmas and growth is a magnificent example of how regulars are becoming foreign films. This films use some children (better if they are nor professional to get realism)to tell a story of friendship and heroism and, voilá!, the critics love the movie and bla bla bla. But "I´m not Scared" is a little more of that. Salvatores mades a contemporary fairytale: the hero saving a prince and protecting him of ogres, pigs, witches and evil characters. But the evilness provides from regular people, not real bastards. "I´m Not Scared" gives that sense of drama but suffers from predicitability, and, to me, an absolut lack of suspense. Instead a thriller, this is just a coming-of-age drama with a light twist within. Expand

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