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
Get out the Game Boy instead.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Clearly, huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film.
| Original Score: B-
It's like Tom Sawyer's Great Escape - a strange combination of stories that's interesting, but doesn't quite capture your emotions.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
How David escapes, alas, is less compelling than wondering how this drearily earnest movie escaped the Hallmark Channel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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+
It's refreshing to watch a movie aimed at young people that's actually grounded in reality.
| Original Score: B
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
"I Am David" earns just about every teardrop it elicits. The journey isn't smooth, but that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile.
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.
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.
He knows there's so much drama and emotion in the story, it doesn't need schmaltzy dialogue or actors begging us to cry.
| Original Score: 3/4
Manipulative though it is, it doesn't generate much real emotion.