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Because of Winn-Dixie Reviews

August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2005
If they let the dog go I think we'd have a better movie.
February 19, 2005
An unhomogenized combination of formulaic family entertainment and cornpone Southern fable.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 18, 2005
Sincere rather than cynical.
February 18, 2005
Fans of DiCamillo's book should be pleased with how Wang has faithfully preserved the novel's clear-eyed depiction of both pain and joy.
February 18, 2005
A whimsical family film about longing and belonging told with gentle humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
This is a so-so story that's told incorrectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 18, 2005
[The movie] manages to eradicate any meaningful subtleties that are present in Kate DiCamillo's 2001 Newberry Award-winning children's book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 18, 2005
Winn-Dixie has a way of growing on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
Because is proof positive that nostalgia and dogs go together like Winn and Dixie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2005
Winn-Dixie has everything but the drama, and while that doesn't make it a dog, it never raises it above the status of stuffed toy.
February 18, 2005
Mildly diverting and way too long for a movie aimed at kids.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2005
Has some wan jokes, incongruous slapstick and the occasional embarrassment, which may keep it from being as popular as the Newberry Award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2005
A dreary, uninspired tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2005
This is a movie to take your kids to.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 18, 2005
Parents who claim they crave thoughtful entertainment for their kids finally have a movie they can get behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
Because of Winn-Dixie doesn't have a mean bone in its body, but it's dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2005
Doesn't exactly rise to the level of a family classic.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 18, 2005
It makes a fine argument for what kid-friendly, Christian-compassionate entertainment can be.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
In pace, sensibility, and big, beating heart, this is a child's first indie film, and it's the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
Most of the time, you can't go wrong with kids and dogs. Then there's Because of Winn-Dixie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 17, 2005
It has old-fashioned and heartwarming written all over it, in heavy black Magic Marker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2005
Family-friendly charmer.
February 17, 2005
Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Joan Singleton have crafted an utterly faithful film adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's affecting Newbery Honor story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2005
A lopsided but fitfully pleasant daydream for young girls looking to discover their inner hostess: a dog-slobbered Martha Stewart: The Early Years.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2005
A touching story about a young girl and her dog, Because of Winn-Dixie is quintessentially cute.
February 17, 2005
Though [Jeff] Daniels brings his usual quiet nuance and understated comedy to the role of the grieving preacher, there's no redeeming this slavishly folksy betrayal of what can be dimly discerned of an absorbing and original tale of pain overcome.
February 17, 2005
Wayne Wang's Because of Winn-Dixie tries hard to be sweet but plays like Pollyanna with fleas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 17, 2005
It's refreshingly free of the overadrenalized overkill and/or saccharine manipulations of so many kid movies.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 16, 2005
To Winn-Dixie's great credit, both as a book and as a dandy, dignified movie, there's nothing condescendingly lesson-like in the wisdom India acquires.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2005
Despite director Wayne Wang's flair for vehicles about characters seeking to fill a void in their lives, he never achieves the right balance here.
February 15, 2005
The story seems awkwardly positioned between coming-of-age realism and whimsical fantasy.
February 11, 2005
Uneven though it is, Because of Winn-Dixie, based on Kate Di Camillo's novel, is tough to dislike.