• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Feig
    In Theaters:
    Dec 3, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 5, 2005
  • Lions Gate Films

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I Am David Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 3, 2004
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Hinges on a rather unbelievable characterization of fascist kindness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 28, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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+

December 3, 2004
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 1/4

August 30, 2004
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com

Get out the Game Boy instead.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 26, 2006

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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2004
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

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

September 25, 2006
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

It's so under-dramatized that it's barely there.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 2, 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 Source: BBC | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2004
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

An unconvincing fairy tale that masquerades as an earnest plea for freedom.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 18, 2004
Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
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Essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight.

November 19, 2003
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

The words creak with calculated composition that never sufficiently capture the foreignness of the situations or individuality of people.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: D+

December 31, 2003
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 2, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Manipulative though it is, it doesn't generate much real emotion.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 2, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2004
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

December 3, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 3, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

December 3, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 3, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

How David escapes, alas, is less compelling than wondering how this drearily earnest movie escaped the Hallmark Channel.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 3, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008

Film4
November 9, 2004

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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March 6, 2005

AV Club
September 26, 2005

Time Out
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February 9, 2006
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