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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. One of the many stylistic distinctions of this outwardly modest production is the complex voice that the filmmaker has found for his young hero.
  2. 75
    Never becomes cloying, because although Agresti does not lose sight of the great sadness at the center of his tale, he resists the temptation to overplay its bigger moments.
  3. 70
    Quietly, with pathos and tinges of melancholy humor, Valentin pays homage to the heroism of creating your own world when the one that's on offer breaks your heart.
  4. His constant chatter may grate, but Noya does the wide-eyed wonderment thing very well.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The wrap-up feels tacked-on and too good to be true, with emotions the story really hasn't earned.
  6. Essentially this is a pale imitation of "My Life as a Dog" or "Cinema Paradiso." It means well, but it's only a "feel-good" experience if your concept of that term involves being jerked around and doused in sap.
  7. The kid chews up the scenery like a baby T-Rex, egged on, no doubt, by director Agresti.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6