Time Out says
The imminent coup, of course, will be the biggest change to affect Gonzalo in Wood’s efficient rites-of-passage drama. The child’s-eye view of a nation in turmoil ensures both that the viewer’s learning curve can parallel that of a sympathetic and innocent child, and that the political and historical fare is leavened with more widely appealing ingredients such as high jinks and a first kiss. It’s a surprisingly slick film, with the strengths and weakness that entails: the staging of crowd scenes, period detail and acting are mostly good, but the film never quite steers clear of generic stereotypes and contrivance: one classroom scene, in particular, is regrettably reminiscent of a significant Hollywood moment. Still, the film’s heart is in the right place, and many will no doubt be charmed and stirred by its sentiments.
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