Valentin (2004)

A coming of age story told through the eyes of a precocious 10-year old boy who lives with his grandmother in turbulent 1969 Argentina. Estranged from his eccentric parents, young Valentin yearns for a real family and dreams about being an… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A coming-of-age tale that's more cloying than affecting.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A melancholy and overly familiar thing.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Agresti has a decent cast here, but his story is so thin, it threatens to float right off the screen, even when late plot developments add a twist or two.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Writer/director Alejandro Agresti proves adept at reminding us that everybody's heart is a nation-state unto itself.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sporting thick, black-rimmed glasses, a runaway imagination and enough nervous energy to light up Manhattan, Noya turns what could have been a pitiful character into a rambunctious imp.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Valentín joins an ever-lengthening list of films about children from broken families. No better or worse than most, it boasts Almodóvar favorite Maura, who is splendid, as always. Agresti also does a fine job as the father.

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Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hilarious and genuinely touching.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The winsome child/unappreciative adults memoir is almost a genre unto itself. But this version is particularly well-cast and well-told.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Whether you ease into the languid and semi-treacly flow of this big-hearted Argentinean import or instead scoff at the child's-eye platitudes contained within will have much to do with your tolerance of preposterously cute moppets in dire straits.

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Occasionally charming, but it's as manipulative as it is heartfelt.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I expected to really love this movie...but I found it just passable as a decent film. The young boy was adorable, and this movie revolves around his thoughts,… More
Eliza Norton
'El sueño de Valentín' was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyable,funny,with authentic acting ,were some of the most certain things the movie offers . This… More
Dannielle Albert
It was such a sweet movie. I confess I was crying.