Secondhand Lions Reviews

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 26, 2003
There's a deep, sad yearning that permeates through the fantastical optimism of Secondhand Lions that gives it the cold, harsh edge of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
September 26, 2003
Duvall and Caine have more fun with shotguns than anyone this side of Phil Gramm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 25, 2003
In the end there may not quite be enough here to make the film a classic, but it's enjoyable and lively and warm while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 25, 2003
The movie is fun, but thinking about it afterwards reveals just how sloppy it is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
September 25, 2003
Two generous helpings of outrageous plot and hammy actors make this a guilty pleasure.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 25, 2003
An uneven but sweet movie about growing up and growing older.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2003
In the wrong hands, this would have been a maudlin, embarrassing story, but in McCanlies' hands, it feels like a cozy friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
September 24, 2003
It makes you feel good the way that Forrest Gump made you feel good, as if the filmmakers were seriously trying to make a fun, wholesome, entertaining movie without taking on the industry with a moral agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 23, 2003
Overly sentimental hoedown in schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 23, 2003
Where McCanlies eventually almost succeeds in demolishing his laid-back little embassy of wonder and good will is his refusal to practice what his characters preach.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
September 23, 2003
An adorable, original and thoroughly entertaining film that might just be the best movie for adults and children to see together since...well...since The Iron Giant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 22, 2003
... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 22, 2003
Along the lines of a touchy-feely, sentimental cross-generational film such as 'On Golden Pond.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 22, 2003
'Corn, corn, nothin' but corn,' Duvall complains as he looks at his crops; unsympathetic viewers will feel they can relate...
| Original Score: 2/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
September 21, 2003
This isn't perfect filmmaking, but it's pleasant enough and a pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 20, 2003
A well-meaning trifle, earnestly performed but way too bland and vanilla to elicit much in the way of rooting interest or lasting memorability.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 20, 2003
When the film is over you may say (as I did), 'Great idea. Where was the script?'
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 20, 2003
Dvuall and Caine have such easy charm that they make this movie work, though it sags when anyone else is on screen.
| Original Score: B
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 19, 2003
Packed with adventure, humor and straight-forward drama, Lions is the type of movie I loved as a kid and clearly I haven't outgrown the formula.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.
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