Because of Winn-Dixie Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
A girl and a dog educate a small southern town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 8, 2006
A sweet film, laced with magic realism, and it tackles some rather dark themes in a way that is perfectly appropriate for young children.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 22, 2005
Just the latest quasi-magic-realist, two-birds-with-one-stone shrine to non-traditional families and the power of myth
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 29, 2005
Because of Winn-Dixie does no harm, and it should appeal to younger children while charming more than a few adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 28, 2005
Relentlessly cute and adorable, it at least has a slight sour edge that gives us above-8s something to cling to. Briefly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A children's film that embraces storytelling modesty and a balanced view of the world as both depressing and joyous.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
The untidy answers and selfless actions in Because of Winn-Dixie stand out from the family films populated with bratty kids and clueless adults.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
A cloying 'family entertainment' filled to the bubbling brim with goody-goody intentions and, somehow, managing to deliver on none of them.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 6, 2005
not heavy on plot, but it is a series of charming adventures with common, heart warming themes about finding friendship and dealing with hardship
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
March 2, 2005
The movie offers a loving but strikingly tempered assessment of family and town life that one seldom finds in today's raucous family films.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 27, 2005
It's all very sweet, the acting is excellent, especially Tyson and young Ms. Robb. The dog is very good too.
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 27, 2005
I left the theater with joy in my heart. And it's all because of Winn-Dixie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
February 27, 2005
One of the bright spots in last few weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
February 25, 2005
About 110 minutes of well-meaning, benign unoriginality
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
February 25, 2005
Because of Winn-Dixie's heart-tugging sadness makes its joy even sweeter.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2005
Starting with the dog, Wang's warm-and-fuzzy story could have used some careful trimming.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 24, 2005
[It's] a delightfully moving experience... It's more than a good kids' movie; it's a good movie for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 23, 2005
Despite its charm the material is simply too thin for 106 minutes of screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
February 22, 2005
Plenty entertaining and chock full of valuable lessons about friendship and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 22, 2005
If they let the dog go I think we'd have a better movie.
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