I Am David - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

I Am David Reviews

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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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 28, 2004
Hinges on a rather unbelievable characterization of fascist kindness.
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+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jules Brenner
August 26, 2006
Get out the Game Boy instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
December 2, 2004
It's so under-dramatized that it's barely there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Leyland
November 9, 2004
Short, simple and inoffensive, it's well suited to family viewing, albeit on the gogglebox one Sunday teatime rather than the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
September 18, 2004
An unconvincing fairy tale that masquerades as an earnest plea for freedom.
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Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
November 19, 2003
Essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.
Greg Muskewitz
December 31, 2003
The words creak with calculated composition that never sufficiently capture the foreignness of the situations or individuality of people.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 2, 2004
Falls prey to the defect of all poor road movies: In gluing together unbelievable but convenient episodes with sugary sentimentality, it loses most of its credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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
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
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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
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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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
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008

November 9, 2004
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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