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Simon Birch

Simon Birch (1998)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 18

Overly mushy; tries too hard to pull at the heart-strings.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

Overly mushy; tries too hard to pull at the heart-strings.



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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 50,119

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Movie Info

From the day he was born, Simon Birch (Ian Smith) was different. He was no bigger than a baby bird, and the doctors predicted that he'd never last the night. But he did. Then they said he'd never last the week. But he did. Weeks turned into months and months into years, until Simon grew into a boy with an unwavering belief that God had a special plan for him -- that He had made him that small for a reason. Simon's only friend, Joe (Joe Mazello), is on a quest of his own. His young and beautiful


Drama, Comedy


Mark Steven Johnson

May 18, 1999

Buena Vista

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (18) | DVD (3)

Great, overlooked film.

February 7, 2003
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Wonderfully performed and syrupy sweet

September 17, 2002

A rare and wonderful testament to the ardor and resilience of faith. In these times, that is enough to cheer about.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Not as good as the book, but not bad either.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Simon Birch's bark shrivels under the weight of its two-hour length and dramatically under-developed script.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Simon Birch packs the dramatic impact of a mayonnaise sandwich on white bread.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

May be a bit too sweet for its own good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Simon Birch

Simon Birch, is a comedy-drama that tries with intensity move the audience and captivate the heart, but the sentimentalist spoiler the entire movie. Despite have good intentions, Simon Birch becomes boring and awfully emotional. Rotten.
November 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

With good intentions and well meaning written all over it, this one is like a bowl of corn flakes, a little soggy. "Boyhood chums face some of life's challenges" might be a kind way to describe it, and though it has it's moments ultimately it sinks under the weight of it's own corn.
June 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

A very boring and unspired film. This is suposed to be emotionally charged, hell this is just a stupid boring film with no direction. The midget in this film is annoying and ugly as fuck, and the storyline and is beyond terrible, sappy and stupid. Theres some terrific actors in this film, which are wasted on this sorry excuse of a film. I've never seen something so boring, and hokey. I can think of a lot of better family films than this one. This is the worst family film ever. Pass on this one.
August 28, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

One of the most touching movies of the decade, because all of the acting is great, and it really helps with a great story to go along with it!
March 10, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Adult Joe Wenteworth: You're never prepared for the moments that change your life.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Adult Joe Wenteworth: Time is a monster that cannot be reasoned with. I responds like a snail to our impatience, Then it races like a gazelle when you can't catch your breath.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Simon Birch: There are no accidents. God has a plan for all of us.
    2. Joe Wenteworth: There is no plan. Don't you understand?
    3. Simon Birch: But God...
    4. Joe Wenteworth: There is no God. He's like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. It's all bullshit, Simon.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Joe Wenteworth: God sent me a screwball with an armadillo?
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Simon Birch: Your mother has the best breasts of all the mothers, and she smells the best, too. She's so sexy, that sometimes I forget she's someone's mother.
    2. Joe Wenteworth: Okay, okay!
    3. Simon Birch: I'm just being honest.
    4. Joe Wenteworth: What if I said the same thing about your mother?
    5. Simon Birch: I'd have you committed.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Simon Birch: Boobs!
    – Submitted by David W (3 years ago)
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