Valentin (2004)


Critic Consensus: A coming-of-age tale that's more cloying than affecting.


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A coming of age story told through the eyes of a precocious 10-year old boy who lives with his grandmother in turbulent 1969 Argentina. Estranged from his eccentric parents, young Valentin yearns for a real family and dreams about being an astronaut. He befriends a recluse neighbor, forms an unlikely friendship with one of his father's many ex-girlfriends and sets out to discover the harsh realities about his parents, all the while bringing joy and wisdom into the lives of the adults around him.

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Critic Reviews for Valentin

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (27)

A melancholy and overly familiar thing.

Aug 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Sporting thick, black-rimmed glasses, a runaway imagination and enough nervous energy to light up Manhattan, Noya turns what could have been a pitiful character into a rambunctious imp.

Jun 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The winsome child/unappreciative adults memoir is almost a genre unto itself. But this version is particularly well-cast and well-told.

Jun 17, 2004 | Rating: B

Agresti has a decent cast here, but his story is so thin, it threatens to float right off the screen, even when late plot developments add a twist or two.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A child's film for adults.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: B-
Detroit News
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Valentin does not quite complete its intended journey deep into our hearts.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Valentin


I expected to really love this movie...but I found it just passable as a decent film. The young boy was adorable, and this movie revolves around his thoughts, and ideas. The opening hour is mostly Valentin's own voice-over monologue, setting up his character, and his predicament, without much story progression. Things come together into something of a small story during the final twenty minutes, with a resolution that is bittersweet. The ending was cute, but feasible? ...maybe in those times, and in that country?

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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'El sueño de Valentín' was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyable,funny,with authentic acting ,were some of the most certain things the movie offers . This unique story is about the decisions and the life adults make, ' judged ' and watched close by an 8 year old child. Definitely a must watch!

Eliza Norton
Eliza Norton

Super Reviewer

It was such a sweet movie. I confess I was crying.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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