Secondhand Lions (2003)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 54
A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.
Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 22
A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 64,706
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
Sep 19, 2003 Wide
Feb 3, 2004
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... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.
Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.
Secondhand Lions is a movie you want to believe in -- original ideas, acclaimed actors -- but McCanlies uses too many broad strokes when subtlety and finesse would have had greater impact.
...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.
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.
[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.
My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.
[T]he real lesson here may be for Haley Joel Osment, who could well have Dickie Roberts II in his future.
This film may be all over the map, but at least it takes viewers to some interesting places.
Schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons.
'There is something to be said for reminding audiences of simple truths found amidst complex circumstances. But here, the film becomes a series of hokey contrivances and the simple truth it illustrates is so reductive it is almost insulting.'
With Caine and Duvall two kings of the acting jungle in top form; more proof why good casting directors are worth their weight in black gold.
This is what family films are supposed to be like.
Effectively proves that senior citizens are not dull--provided that they'd spent time in the French Foreign Legion and rescued princesses.
There is no shortage of ham-fisted metaphors, no paucity of windy speeches, no lack of moments that tug at the heart like a newborn clumsily grabbing for its mother.
A wholly unique family film that can moisten your eyes even while it quickens your pulse.
Because it never quite reaches its enormous potential, Secondhand Lions feels like a disappointment even though there's much to praise.
Audience Reviews for Secondhand Lions
- Hub McCaan: If you need somethin', you'd best find it yourself, or even better, learn to do without.
- Hub McCaan: If you need something, you'd best find it yourself, or even better, learn to do without.
- Hub McCaan: Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! No, wait, that was The Apostle.
- Walter: I'm going to go inside and watch television.
- Garth McCaan: Ain't got one.
- Walter: No television?
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