In 1952 a Bulgarian boy (Ben Tibber) escapes from a Stalinist labor camp and begins a dangerous trek to Denmark.
" The film is marred by too many coincidences, but there are a couple of twists at the end that tug at the heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling. "
" Leaves you with the lingering scent of truth. "
" Essentially a tearjerker, with little originality or insight. "
" 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. "
" Falls prey to the defect of all poor road movies: In gluing together unbelievable but convenient episodes with sugary sentimentality, it loses most of its credibility. "
" It's not lack of a strong story that keeps I Am David from taking off. Blame a straightforward approach that makes the movie feel too much like an after-school special. "
" Clearly, huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film. "
" An unusually intelligent adventure film scaled for younger viewers, which never leaves adults behind. "
" Feig's neorealist approach to the look of the film might work better if he didn't fill it with so many coincidences and melodramatic flourishes. "
" Manipulative though it is, it doesn't generate much real emotion. "
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