Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)



Critic Consensus: An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel.

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A lonely young girl named Opal adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie (for the supermarket where she found him). The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the people in a small Florida town and heals her own troubled relationship with her father.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joan Singleton, John Singleton, Joan V. Singleton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2005
Box Office: $32.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Jeff Daniels
as Preacher
Eva Marie Saint
as Miss Franny
Courtney Jines
as Amanda Wilkinson
Nick Price
as Dunlap Dewberry
Luke Benward
as Stevie Dewberry
Elle Fanning
as Sweetie Pie Thomas
Marca Price
as Mrs. Dewberry
B.J. Hopper
as Mr. Alfred
Lenore Banks
as Mrs. Detweller
William Pitts
as Churchgoer 1
Enid Trotiner
as Churchgoer 2
Charles A. Daigle
as Churchgoer 3
Guy G. Gauthreaux
as Churchgoer 5
Julia LaShae
as SPCA Officer
Darrell Jupiter
as SPCA Officer
Lara Grice
as Opal's Mom
Becca Lish
as Gertrude the Parrot ...
Becca Lish
as Gertrude the Parrot ...
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Critic Reviews for Because of Winn-Dixie

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (38)

If they let the dog go I think we'd have a better movie.

Full Review… | February 22, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A girl and a dog educate a small southern town.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

A sweet film, laced with magic realism, and it tackles some rather dark themes in a way that is perfectly appropriate for young children.

September 8, 2006
Christianity Today

Just the latest quasi-magic-realist, two-birds-with-one-stone shrine to non-traditional families and the power of myth

Full Review… | August 22, 2005
Film Freak Central

Because of Winn-Dixie does no harm, and it should appeal to younger children while charming more than a few adults.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Relentlessly cute and adorable, it at least has a slight sour edge that gives us above-8s something to cling to. Briefly.

Full Review… | June 28, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Because of Winn-Dixie


I read the book and the film is as good as the good. The film really follows the book's plot.
Also the film has some really good acting in it.this is one of the best dog films ever made.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


Rather surprising, didn't think I'd like it much, but had to watch it since it has 'Winn-Dixie' in the title, and that's my favorite grocery store.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Good family-movie, worth watching.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

Because of Winn-Dixie Quotes

Opal: You couldn't give up.
Preacher: Opal.
Opal: You give up on everything .
Preacher: That's not true.
Opal: It is true, all you do is give up. You just slip your head back into your stupid turtle shell and give up. You won't talk, you won't go to parties, and I bet you didn't even go out looking for my mama when she left. I bet you just let her run off too.
Preacher: I couldn't stop her, I tried, no, I tried. what you didn't think I wanted her to stay too? She was everything to me.
Opal: You didn't try she wasn't everything to you.
Preacher: Yes she was, Opal, she was everything, everything. I.. I failed her Opal, I tried, and I tried.
Opal: You didn't try! I know you didn't.
Preacher: I tried, I tried and I tried and I tried with everything I had. It's my fault Opal it's all my fault. I'm sorry.
Opal: Daddy?
Preacher: And don't you believe losing Winn-Dixie isn't going to upset me more than it does you, I love that dog, I love him too.
Opal: I love you daddy.
Preacher: I love you too.
– Submitted by Sophia R (4 years ago)

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