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The Mighty (1998)

The Mighty

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Heavy-handed and overwrought.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Heavy-handed and overwrought.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 8,269

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Movie Info

Peter Chelsom directed this family film in the tradition of My Left Foot (1989). Charles Leavitt scripted this adaptation of the young-adult novel Freak the Mighty (Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1993) by 45-year-old Rodman Philbrick. Big and burly eighth-grader Max Kane is learning disabled, but after he meets the brilliant and brainy Kevin (Kieran Culkin), crippled by a birth defect, the two realize they can become an unbeatable team. Kevin, who wears leg braces and uses crutches, suffers from Morquio's … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for elements of violence and peril.)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Charles Leavitt
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 2, 2001
Runtime:
Miramax


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Critic Reviews for The Mighty

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

...A cheesy, overdramatic tear-jerker full of transparent sentimentality and forced emotion.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Decently acted but only moderately inspiring.

January 23, 2003
Nitrate Online

Celebrates imagination as the firepower that enables these two outsiders to transcend their disabilities, loneliness, and familial problems.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

The film is barely watchable when [Gillian Anderson is] on screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Freak Central

it would be a shame if this funny, warm-hearted film didn't find a sizable audience...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

Instead of relying on maudlin music cues and heavy-handed dialogue, Chelsom has faith enough in his script and his cast to allow them to strike emotional chords on their own.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TheMovieReport.com

A tearjerker that isn't shallow and obvious about pulling the emotions out of you, and can actually be viewed more than once without blowing its shelf life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Needcoffee.com

Resonates with genuine feeling and storytelling grace.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

It is about killers, criminals, bullies, small, mean-spirited people and people with the hearts of lions, people with broken bodies, but soaring spirits.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for The Mighty

Wonderfully written story, about two young bully victims - both outsiders and disabled in their own way - who find a best friend in each other, and together overcome their burdens and tormentors. Kieran Culkin is really funny as the clever and quirky "Freak", and shows that the talent in the family isn't limited to his brother Macaulay. Equally positive comments can be applied to the rest of the cast. Everyone plays their role to perfection and gives it their very best. But what I love most about the film is the way it is told. A great narration - divided into chapters like a book - and with an homage to the classic tale of King Arthur and his knights. A film for the heart, that provides hope, humor and a well-needed message. See it and enjoy an inspirational piece of film-making.

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Mike S

Super Reviewer

i had read the book and it's much better then this movie. I thought this was good though. it had some stupid parts that I didn't like, like te king arthur things. I think they could have made the end better. the ending wasn't as powerful as it could have been. it was
a good movie though but it's not really great. B

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Richard C

Super Reviewer

½

The Mighty is about two kids who together are much more than each is separately. The acting of the two kids is great, and I don't know how they convinced the supporting cast of adults (Sharon Stone, X-File's Gillian Anderson, Meatloaf, Gena Rowlands) to join the cast.

I found the story moving and predictable as it moved to its inevitable conclusion, but still a pretty good film.

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Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

There are good times and sad times had by the two boys. I could barely survive the sadness. It was great seeing Sharon Stone and Gillian Anderson.

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Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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