• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Richard Donner
    In Theaters:
    Feb 21, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 12, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Radio Flyer Reviews

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Empire Magazine

You can't help but feel that Radio Flyer must have looked a lot better on script than on screen.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 20, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

May 20, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 20, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

May 20, 2013
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

One of the most touching films ever made. A must-see

| Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2008
Variety Staff
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A film one would like to like more.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 15, 2008


This perverse script is flying without a pilot.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 15, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The resulting film is like a travesty of a Spielberg paean to childhood innocence -- an uplifting fantasy about child abuse and suicide.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 15, 2008

Time Out
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It's not a total loss, but the voice-over is infuriatingly overdone, as if the film-makers didn't trust the visuals, the kids are resistible and the tone's discomfortingly cute.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

A bittersweet and underrated drama.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Richard Donner's Radio Flyer is one of those infrequent and embarrassing efforts of a perfectly adequate Hollywood director to make the kind of offbeat movie for which he has no aptitude at all.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 20, 2003
Scott Weinberg

Equal parts sappy and sincere.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

October 22, 2002
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

Embarrassing, sentimental crap.

| Original Score: 1/5

July 26, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Despite the flaws, Evans's thoughtful script and the unclichTd performances of Wood and Mazzello exert a powerful grip. The film stays with you.

May 12, 2001
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