Secondhand Lions Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Charming family movie for tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 29, 2009
...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
June 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: C
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
[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 | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.
| Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 26, 2004
To see Osment react to a door closing is akin to watching someone get defibrillated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2004
An unpretentiously sweet home-is-where-the-heart-is fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
[T]he real lesson here may be for Haley Joel Osment, who could well have Dickie Roberts II in his future.
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2003
This film may be all over the map, but at least it takes viewers to some interesting places.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
October 28, 2003
Schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
October 22, 2003
'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.'
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 12, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Gilchrist
October 5, 2003
This is what family films are supposed to be like.
Harvey S. Karten
October 5, 2003
Effectively proves that senior citizens are not dull--provided that they'd spent time in the French Foreign Legion and rescued princesses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 3, 2003
Warm and a little syrupy like old school films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
October 2, 2003
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.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
A wholly unique family film that can moisten your eyes even while it quickens your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
September 28, 2003
Because it never quite reaches its enormous potential, Secondhand Lions feels like a disappointment even though there's much to praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 28, 2003
Filled with so many moments of eccentricity that I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to take it all seriously or just laugh. Is the movie a heartwarming coming-of-age film or a parody of one?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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