Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.
| Original Score: 3/4
It feels stylistically as fresh as if it had been made yesterday -- even to some very striking use of handheld camerawork. It's really something of a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The plot is straight out of the grayish, state-approved, thesis-tidy Ballad of a Soldier bin, but the landscapes and visions are Andrei Tarkovsky's and nobody else's
Even in this, his first feature, we see that Andrei Tarkovsky is compelled by memories of precious things.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Much more than a war film about a young boy, My Name Is Ivan is a pure film experience.
| Original Score: 4/4
Leaves us with a haunting vision of war and what it does to children.
| Original Score: A-
Tarkovsky deviated from the conventional dictums of Socialist realism, providing an unusual combination of psychological realism and a haunting, surrealistic imagery of an adolescent, who was rubbed off his childhood.
| Original Score: A
Beauty, poetry and sadness are certainly lodged in its brief dramatic span, to be seized and embraced by anybody who will give a compassionate mind to it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Tarkovsky's most underrated film, simple but riveting.
| Original Score: 4/5
[A] visually poetic portrait of a 12-year-old Russian orphan during WWII.
| Original Score: 5/5