Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29

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  1. 60
    Agresti has more on his mind than tugging at heartstrings.
  2. His constant chatter may grate, but Noya does the wide-eyed wonderment thing very well.
  3. Agresti fattens us up with the kind of kid's-eye-view tragi-comic adventures that regularly supply empty calories in artificially sweetened foreign-language imports.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    The choice to have Valentin narrate the tale and make philosophical observations beyond his years becomes irritating at times; ditto the cartoon humor.
  5. 50
    Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti's own specs are rose-colored. This loosely autobiographical tale feels inorganically upbeat, with all potentially upsetting material glossed over or truncated.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The wrap-up feels tacked-on and too good to be true, with emotions the story really hasn't earned.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    Narrated from start to close by an 8-year-old, it often seems like a coloring book on tape.
  9. 40
    It takes mere seconds for every charming moment to go from "Ahhh..." to "Aarrggh!"
  10. 40
    It's not that Noya is bad as kid actors go, but a pair of dewy, crossed eyes and a beyond-his-years melancholy do not an entire movie make.
  11. 40
    The film feels authentic only during the scenes between Valentín and his selfish, angry father.
  12. 40
    The characters in the Argentinean heart-warmer Valentín spend so much time squabbling and yelling that after a while I began to long for a nice movie about a family of mutes.
  13. 40
    While there's little to be gained from over-critiquing a child's performance, it must be said that director Alejandro Agresti badly miscalculates the appeal of his young star; the fact he not only dominates each scene but provides the film's narration means there's not getting away from young Noya.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. XiaoshengG.
    Oct 24, 2005
    So touching, I can't helping crying while watching the movie. I have a good family, 2 kids and a wife. It reminds me what a busy life So touching, I can't helping crying while watching the movie. I have a good family, 2 kids and a wife. It reminds me what a busy life could miss, and when I was alone it let me feel all the importance of family and love to everyone else, especially to little ones. How fragile they could be without a normal life. Full Review »