I went and saw it after my sister gave the movie such an outstanding review. And I agree, the boy should be nominated for best actor award. I liked the movie. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were great. It had a definite beginning, middle and end.
Okay, but here's my confession. I kinda fell asleep in the middle. And you know what? I don't think I missed anything. The middle kind of dragged because it was about the boy meeting all these characters. These minor characters weren't developed enough. Or maybe something else happened and I don't remember, but clearly, it wasn't that important. Maybe could lose 30 minutes and still be as good, if not a better movie.
So I'm giving it 4 stars - liked it but you might not.