Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.
  2. This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
  3. 15 minutes into it, you are spellbound, heartbroken and unaccountably cheered -- your faith and admiration in humanity restored.
  4. 83
    So polished that it might pass for a scripted narrative feature, but that's not a bad thing. They found a remarkable spokesman in Bolivian teenager Basilio Vargas, and while his cogent, organized descriptions of his life, beliefs, history, and ambitions sometimes seem too calculated, at least they're calculated to communicate efficiently and appealingly.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RichardB.
    Jul 27, 2006
    10
    This 14 year old is amazing. Excellent and heartbreaking movie.
  2. KevinC.
    Jun 1, 2006
    10
    One of the most riveting movies I've ever seen. The lives of these people were captured in a sensistive, yet mind-blowing way. The One of the most riveting movies I've ever seen. The lives of these people were captured in a sensistive, yet mind-blowing way. The dialogue, the camera work the scenery are fantastic. If you see one movie the rest of the year make it this one . If it wasn;t true, you wouldn't believe it. Full Review »
  3. JamesM.
    May 20, 2006
    10
    I happened to see this film by accident in a late night slot on Britain's BBC channel - its stunning and tragic - I'd implore I happened to see this film by accident in a late night slot on Britain's BBC channel - its stunning and tragic - I'd implore everyone out there to watch it. Full Review »