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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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53

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 694,068

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Erstwhile inventor Prof. Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) has been experimenting with an electromagnetic shrinking machine. He leaves the device unattended in his attic; shortly afterward, it is accidentally activated. Alas, the demon machine is aimed at his children, as well as the son of neighbor Russ Thompson (Matt Frewer). The kids, shrunk to 1/4-inch height, are tossed into the trash bin by the unwitting Szalinski. For the rest of the film, our teeny-tiny protagonists attempt to gain their

Oct 8, 2002

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

[It's] in the best tradition of Disney -- and even better than that, because it is not so juvenile that adults won't be thoroughly entertained.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Sterling entertainment...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As sweet, straightforward and funny as its title.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though it relies on special effects, this cutie-pie caper never loses sight of the protagonists amid the bigger-than-life Cheerios and 40-foot blades of grass.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The special effects are all there, nicely in place, and the production values are sound, but the movie is dead in the water.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Not great. Not an all-time legendary accomplishment of family-friendly cinema. But pretty darn decent altogether.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Two-dimensional fun.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

O visual oitentista e os efeitos visuais datados acabam contribuindo para o charme do filme, que ainda consegue divertir.

January 26, 2010 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

They don't make pre-teen entertainment like this anymore, and that's a crime...retains a filmmaking purity that's timeless, aging well against a summer of now dated motion pictures.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

A wonderful blend of thrills, character, and humor that will keep both children and adults charmed and engaged throughout.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The special effects have moved on a bit since the 1950s, but this is old-fashioned Disney fun.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

One of the better Disney live-action flicks from the '80s.

August 4, 2005
Movie Metropolis

enjoyably goofy

June 28, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Much better than it seems it has a right to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Except for the demise of an endearing ant, the film keeps everything in perspective and is amusing and light-hearted throughout.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A funny, silly, even exciting adventure for younger audiences with a nice pro-family message that doesn't get in the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This Disneyfied version of The Incredible Shrinking Man isn't so bad -- it at least features some reasonable special effects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

This is the story of a kooky suburban inventor who is absent minded and makes some wonderfully nutty and ridiculous inventions, his latest being a shrink ray. Things get going when his two kids and two neighbor kids accidentally get shrunk down to an approximate height of 1/4" tall and tossed out into the back yard with the garbage. From there, it becomes an adventure of epic proportions as the kids have to deal with things that normally wouldn't seem so hazardous in order to try to get their parents' attention and get brought back to normal size. Parallel to all of this is the story of the adults trying to find the kids once they realize what has happened.

I first saw this as a kid and it really blew me away. It still blows me away every time I see it. Sure, it's cheesy, improbable, and really silly at times, but it's a lot of fun, has some great special effects and sets, and is rather witty and creative. It's a tad dated, and some of the jokes get played out and overdone a little much, but overall, this is a rather harmless fantasy adventure.

The film isn't perfect, and nostalgia weighs heavily on my grade, but I can't help it. This is just a fine example of taking an old concept, playing around with it, and doing it in a really fun, entertaining, and funny way.
October 2, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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An interesting classic with a unique concept.
October 29, 2011
scottgreen96

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One of my all time favorites. Such a fun family film and it helps that the neighbor boy is a babe.
July 18, 2011
theylovealexis

Super Reviewer

    1. Nick Szalinski: [his father opens his mouth and tries to eat him] Don't eat me!
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