Secondhand Lions (2003)



Critic Consensus: A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.

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In this family-friendly comedy drama, Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is a shy and bookish boy just short of his teens whose mother impulsively decides to leave him for the summer with his eccentric grand-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine). Walter isn't especially happy about being left in the middle of Texas with two old men, while Hub and Garth aren't too pleased to be stuck minding a boy, especially one who isn't accustomed to hunting, fishing, or firearms. When Walter starts … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material, language and action violence)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim McCanlies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Box Office: $41.4M
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Critic Reviews for Secondhand Lions

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38)

Charming family movie for tweens and up.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.

Full Review… | November 29, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Duval and Caine make the film watchable, but there's too much gunplay for the movie to truly be the child-friendly entertainment that it pretends.

Full Review… | June 13, 2009

Lions will appeal to a more mature audience because of the solid acting duo of Caine and Duvall. It will also appeal to children because of its almost mythological feel.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

[Most family films] aim too low, so perhaps there should be hearty applause for one that tries to do too much good in its small space of time.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.

| October 15, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Secondhand Lions


The starting looked like it was going to be hella boring but surprisingly, it wasn't. It was one of those movies that gets interesting in every minute. Really good movie. Recommend everyone to watch.

Dead Angel

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Secondhand Lions tries too hard to appeal to a family friendly crowd, and because of it it loses much of its bite. But when it lets go of its reins it can really turn into something magical.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Although it might strike some viewers as bland, it is actually a beautiful, clever movie with a strong story line.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

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