The Mighty (1998)

The Mighty



Critic Consensus: Heavy-handed and overwrought.

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


as Gwen Dillon

as Loretta Lee

as Kenny Kane

as Kevin Dillon

as Maxwell Kane

as Iggy

as Mrs. Addison

as Homeless Man

as Doghouse Boy No. 1

as Doghouse Boy No. 2

as Doghouse Boy No. 3

as Mrs. Donelli

as Mr. Sacker

as Officer

as Mr. Hampton

as Man in Diner

as Girl in Diner

as Girl in Hall

as Boy in Hall

as Fat Boy

as Girl with Limp

as Girl Cafeteria

as Cashier

as Nurse

as Doctor

as Little Girl

as Laundry Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Mighty

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines

April 27, 2003

...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

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.

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

Richard C

Super Reviewer


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.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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