While probably not suitable for the wee ones, older kids and most adults will love this exciting and heartfelt adventure of one boy's survival during the darkest days of post-war Europe.
—Ken Fox TV Guide
...it's refreshing to watch a movie aimed at young people that's actually grounded in reality.
...huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...beautifully shot but dramatically strained...
—Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune
...despite being a respectable if unexceptional children's fable, it's puzzling that the modest, sentimental film is arriving in theaters rather than on the small screen as a Hallmark Channel movie-of-the-week.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
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...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...mired in an aimless funk.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club