I Am David
I Am David (2004)

Adapted from Anne Holm's 1963 novel of the same name, I Am David is a family adventure film from writer/director Paul Feig, one of the creators of the short-lived, cult-favorite television dramedy Freaks and Geeks. Ben Tibber stars as… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Clearly, huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

While some parents might wish the film had more emotional depth, they will probably appreciate the gentle humor. Then they can introduce their children to the book.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jules Brenner

Get out the Game Boy instead.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Manipulative though it is, it doesn't generate much real emotion.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

It's like Tom Sawyer's Great Escape - a strange combination of stories that's interesting, but doesn't quite capture your emotions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
The story sounds interesting on paper and does succeed in grabbing your interest in the initial moments. But over-drama replaces action and adventure as the… More
Dillon Lupky
Not exactly terrible, but easily forgettable.
Jim Hunter
This film's two strengths are the harrowing nature of its subject matter and the rather well-constructed reveal at the end. After all, the concept that a… More
Mike T.
The movie has good intentions but it ends up becoming corny, TV movie-caliber entertainment. Highly disappointing.
Rachel F
This is one of the most amazing films ever. It is inspiring, sad, beautiful, and just great.