North is the titular protagonist of the critically panned 1994 film North, which is an adaptation of the novel North: The Tale of a 9-Year-Old Boy Who Becomes a Free Agent and Travels the World in Search of the Perfect Parents. He is portrayed by Elijah Wood.
Why Roger Ebert Hated Him So Much
For starters, North is an unlikable protagonist. He is seen as a victim of neglect and unappreciation, but he really comes across as a very egotistical person who cares about being noticed and thinks the world revolves around him.
He believes that his parents ignore him and want nothing to do with him, which is not true. While they are (laughably) rude parents, they still seem to care for him, but he's too selfish and stubborn to see that.
He should be sympathized because he feels unappreciated, but he's really a selfish and shallow person who cares more about attention and better parents than what he has.
North dumps various families due to not being used to his best potentials when he could try a little harder to accept them.
He is rude towards others, especially some who are nice to him.
He might be racist since the time when he moved from his parents and tried to find a new family was a dream (in a cliché way) and he saw stereotypes on his way. The page about the movie can explain.
In fact, the only reason he came back home was not that he missed them and realized how much they mean to him, but that his other parents didn't worship him enough which proves he learned nothing about what he has than what he wants.
He is sexualized a few times in the film.
Elijah Wood does not give a convincing or entertaining performance as North. Instead, his performance is just really clichéd, bland and uninteresting.
The scene with him at the Amish settlement is admittedly quite funny, and the appearance of the Amish stereotype is thankfully very brief.