Radio Flyer (1992)
Average Rating: 4.7/10
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Average Rating: 4.1/10
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Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can escape their tormenting stepfather. This film deals in an almost make-believe manner with the serious issue of child abuse. ~ Rovi
Feb 21, 1992 Wide
Oct 12, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Donner and Evans can't find a way to extricate themselves from the impossible structure they have erected. They remain locked into the odd combination of the dreamy and the dreadful that is entirely of their own devising.
A very odd, expensive, ambitious failure that tries hard to achieve the Spielberg touch but succeeds only in reminding you of how few filmmakers can successfully lay claim to his territory.
Radio Flyer is a well-meaning failure, a muddled fantasy about child abuse that ponderously attempts to combine the grace of legend with the earnestness of a public-service announcement.
A movie is not a public-service announcement, and a movie that tries to squeak by on intentions doesn't generally doesn't get very far. Viewed from any normal perspective, Radio Flyer never takes off.
If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse.
You can't help but feel that Radio Flyer must have looked a lot better on script than on screen.
The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible.
It's the kind of story that could have soared in the hands of a visionary director like Terry Gilliam, but becomes strangely earthbound under the direction of Richard Donner.
What you get in Radio Flyer is an unholy brew of whimsy and blasphemy. It flits from the unwatchable to the unbelievable, with nary a pause between them and the effect, to say the least, is unsettling.
One of the most touching films ever made. A must-see
The resulting film is like a travesty of a Spielberg paean to childhood innocence -- an uplifting fantasy about child abuse and suicide.
A bittersweet and underrated drama.
Equal parts sappy and sincere.
Embarrassing, sentimental crap.
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