I Am David Reviews

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Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
While some parents might wish the film had more emotional depth, they will probably appreciate the gentle humor. Then they can introduce their children to the book.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
August 26, 2006
Get out the Game Boy instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2004
Clearly, huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 5, 2004
It's like Tom Sawyer's Great Escape - a strange combination of stories that's interesting, but doesn't quite capture your emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 4, 2004
It is not an especially brilliant film, nor does it execute its ideas with particular flair, and yet I cannot resist liking and being moved by it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 4, 2004
A nice enough picture, but it's also slow and meandering. Watching it is like seeing a decent Family Channel movie, except in this case you have to pay for it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 3, 2004
How David escapes, alas, is less compelling than wondering how this drearily earnest movie escaped the Hallmark Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 3, 2004
The film is marred by too many coincidences, but there are a couple of twists at the end that tug at the heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 3, 2004
While the material itself has promise (it's an adaptation of Anne Holm's best-selling novel), this drama fumbles and stumbles its way to a resolution that's far too easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 3, 2004
It's not lack of a strong story that keeps I Am David from taking off. Blame a straightforward approach that makes the movie feel too much like an after-school special.
| Original Score: C+

E! Online
December 3, 2004
It's refreshing to watch a movie aimed at young people that's actually grounded in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 3, 2004
Feig's neorealist approach to the look of the film might work better if he didn't fill it with so many coincidences and melodramatic flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 3, 2004
I know, I know, I'm supposed to get sentimental about this heart-warming tale. But I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
December 3, 2004
One of those well-intentioned misfires that so frustrate both audiences and critics -- brimming with thematic potential, yet consistently unable to establish and maintain an effective tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
December 3, 2004
"I Am David" earns just about every teardrop it elicits. The journey isn't smooth, but that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 3, 2004
At its best in the taut opening and in the third act, when the pieces finally come together. In between, the episodic story sags a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 2, 2004
It's a Hallmark Hall of Fame special dressed up as a feature, one that juggles feel-good humanitarianism and oddly inappropriate stabs at whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 2, 2004
He knows there's so much drama and emotion in the story, it doesn't need schmaltzy dialogue or actors begging us to cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2004
Manipulative though it is, it doesn't generate much real emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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