Darren Carver-Balsiger’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ivan's Childhood is a film that is both gorgeous and bleak with Tarkovsky showcasing his abilities here, his début, in a lesser film that still manages to hold up as well as his better known works. The story of an orphaned boy working for the Soviet military as they approach Berlin during world war two allows Tarkovsky to produce haunting imagery in abundance and showcase his flowing non-linear style. The story is well told, the characters rich and even though it may not be as substantial as his greater works, Tarkovsky finds enough depth in the horrors of war to make this a emotionally charged work. Ivan's Childhood is gripping and masterful; a powerful début.