Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)
Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy) (1962)

Andrei Tartovsky's debut feature chronicles the horrors witnessed by a 12-year-old boy (Kolya Burlaiev) who is working as a Soviet scout behind enemy lines during World War II to seek out the Germans who left him an orphan.

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Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Leaves us with a haunting vision of war and what it does to children.

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Eric Melin

Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Even in this, his first feature, we see that Andrei Tarkovsky is compelled by memories of precious things.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Much more than a war film about a young boy, My Name Is Ivan is a pure film experience.

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Gabe Leibowitz

Tarkovsky's most underrated film, simple but riveting.

Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Ivan's Childhood is a fine, well crafted picture that showcases the subtlety of Andrei Tarkovsky's work. The film is brilliantly crafted with a… More
Bruce Bruce
From the Criterion Collection Spine Number 397, this is a excellent Russian film about a young boy who is actually a spy for the Russians against the Germans in… More
danny d
without question one of the most beautifully shot films in history. realizing that this is tarkovsky's debut only adds to its lure, first time directors… More
Anthony Lawrie
Tarkovsky's masterpiece is the absolute embodiment of the cruelty of war and the loss of innocence. His craftsmanship is untouchable, although many a… More
Greg S
A 12-year old orphan boy works as a scout for the Russian army during WWII, journeying alone into Nazi territory to gather intel on troop positions. Beautifully… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Tarkovsky's first major film is a wonderful piece of work, each take beautifully crafted, leading to a most poignant, devastating ending.

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