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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 astronaut. He befriends a recluse neighbor, forms an unlikely friendship with one of his father's many ex-girlfriends and sets out to discover the harsh realities about his parents, all the while bringing joy and wisdom into the lives of the adults around him.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A melancholy and overly familiar thing."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Writer/director Alejandro Agresti proves adept at reminding us that everybody's heart is a nation-state unto itself."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"An affecting coming-of-age story with universal appeal."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The short-sighted Valentín fails to warm the heart."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"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."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Hilarious and genuinely touching."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"For most of its running time Valentin rambles along in the same gear, providing few highs or lows and generating any real emotional excitement only in the last reel, by which time you've either fallen for the kid or zoned out."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Charming, bittersweet and endearing."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"The winsome child/unappreciative adults memoir is almost a genre unto itself. But this version is particularly well-cast and well-told."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Occasionally charming, but it's as manipulative as it is heartfelt."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A delightfully precious, melon-headed little boy reminds the world's Jerry Maguires that the grass is greener on every side."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A delightful film -- funny, sweet and touching."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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