Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Remains one of the most remarkable debuts in all of cinema, and one of the most indelible portraits of war and childhood ever made.
March 5, 2018
The surrealism of Solaris, the spatial experimentation of Stalker, the psychological insight of Mirror, these are all visible if not fully developed in Ivan's Childhood.
January 2, 2017
No one paints a stark landscape like Tarkovsky, but we're not just talking surface beauty; the director shows a rare understanding of the consequences of combat.
May 25, 2016
The work in which the remarkable nature of [Tarkovsky's] talent first shone through.
May 21, 2016
[A] subdued depiction of warfare as mostly a lot of waiting around for brief explosive action... The orphan kid - who several times describes himself as 'jittery' - is a more openly shell-shocked version of all the adults around him.
May 19, 2016
Tarkovsky pays full attention to the squalor and pity of war but never loses his sense of poetry.
May 19, 2016
May 16, 2016
No other director is simultaneously so precise and so otherworldly.
February 1, 2016
It was the caveat of the profound possibilities of eastern cinema, effectively heralding the discovery of one of the most perceptive minds to ever stand behind a movie camera.
Top Critic
August 4, 2015
Director Andrei Tarkovsky has mixed daring with poetry in making this film: he shows the Soviet hero as an individual troubled with the doubts and complexities of other humans.
August 4, 2015
While the emotional weight of Ivan is clear from the first frames -- Tarkovsky doesn't stray from making us feel the pain of Ivan's world -- there is that sense of music the director is so intent on conveying.
March 11, 2013
Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.
August 1, 2012
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.
November 21, 2009
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
July 27, 2007
Even in this, his first feature, we see that Andrei Tarkovsky is compelled by memories of precious things.
August 30, 2006
Much more than a war film about a young boy, My Name Is Ivan is a pure film experience.
July 16, 2006
Leaves us with a haunting vision of war and what it does to children.
June 16, 2005
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.
May 9, 2005
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.
April 14, 2004
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