I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)


I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

Critics Consensus

A well-acted and thrilling coming-of-age tale that captures a child awakening to the frightening world of adults.



Total Count: 100


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User Ratings: 7,272
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Movie Info

Gabriele Salvatores' kidnapping drama lo Non Ho Paura (I'm Not Scared) is about a boy dealing with issues he cannot quite comprehend. While playing outside one day, nine-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) discovers Filippo (Mattia Di Perro), who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town baddie Felice (Giorgio Careccia) nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the beans to his closest friend. Michele's parents learn of his discovery and warn him to forget whatever he saw. I'm Not Scared was screened at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (10)

  • If you had despaired of Italian cinema ever regaining the lyricism of the Tavianis and Rossellini, I'm Not Scared will come as a welcome surprise. And if you seek a good yarn well spun, you won't be disappointed.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A lyrical throwback to such movies as René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952) and other works of the humanist European cinema of a half century ago.

    Aug 1, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • A terrific attempt to express a young boy's moral awakening using intense colour schemes, wide-angle lenses and unforgiving close-ups

    Jun 9, 2004 | Full Review…
  • The director reminds us that not all films require a breakneck pace or ridiculous twists to be effective.

    May 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • Proves once again how accomplished Italian cinema is at seeing the world through a child's eyes.

    May 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    Top Critic
  • The performances are all terrific. Each one suggests an entire story that we can only glimpse.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

  • Feb 20, 2010
    What an ending! This film builds to a shocking finish. The movie focuses on a nine-year old boy Michele who discovers another boy Filippo being held prisoner in a deep hole. Michele soon learns his parents and their suspicious friends are involved in Filippo's predicament. Michele becomes friends with Filippo. His friendship develops into the ultimate sacrifice. Great Italian film!
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Fabulous creepy film. The guy at the bottom of a hole. Woooooo..
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2009
    Beautifully photographed, and a great kid in the lead role. Was let down by the ending...anticipated something better in my mind. I won't say anything further, because that would be spoiling.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    a good thriller from a child's eye view. great performances by the kids.
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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