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The Mighty

The Mighty (1998)

tomatometer

71

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

Heavy-handed and overwrought.

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79

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 8,242

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Movie Info

In the tradition of My Left Foot (1989), Peter Chelsom directed this emotional drama of outcasts, adapted from the Rodman Philbrick's popular young-adult novel Freak the Mighty. Although burly, slow-paced eight-grader Maxwell Kane (Elden Hensen), who narrates, is learning disabled, he nevertheless has a poetic soul, as evidenced when he meets the bright and brainy Kevin Dillon (Kieran Culkin), crippled by a birth defect. The physically deformed Kevin, who wears leg braces and uses crutches,

PG-13,

Drama

Charles Leavitt

Oct 2, 2001

Miramax

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

...A cheesy, overdramatic tear-jerker full of transparent sentimentality and forced emotion.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Decently acted but only moderately inspiring.

January 23, 2003
Nitrate Online

Celebrates imagination as the firepower that enables these two outsiders to transcend their disabilities, loneliness, and familial problems.

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

The film is barely watchable when [Gillian Anderson is] on screen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

it would be a shame if this funny, warm-hearted film didn't find a sizable audience...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Instead of relying on maudlin music cues and heavy-handed dialogue, Chelsom has faith enough in his script and his cast to allow them to strike emotional chords on their own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A tearjerker that isn't shallow and obvious about pulling the emotions out of you, and can actually be viewed more than once without blowing its shelf life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Resonates with genuine feeling and storytelling grace.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It is about killers, criminals, bullies, small, mean-spirited people and people with the hearts of lions, people with broken bodies, but soaring spirits.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for The Mighty

Wonderfully written story, about two young bully victims - both outsiders and disabled in their own way - who find a best friend in each other, and together overcome their burdens and tormentors. Kieran Culkin is really funny as the clever and quirky "Freak", and shows that the talent in the family isn't limited to his brother Macaulay. Equally positive comments can be applied to the rest of the cast. Everyone plays their role to perfection and gives it their very best. But what I love most about the film is the way it is told. A great narration - divided into chapters like a book - and with an homage to the classic tale of King Arthur and his knights. A film for the heart, that provides hope, humor and a well-needed message. See it and enjoy an inspirational piece of film-making.
April 15, 2011
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

i had read the book and it's much better then this movie. I thought this was good though. it had some stupid parts that I didn't like, like te king arthur things. I think they could have made the end better. the ending wasn't as powerful as it could have been. it was
a good movie though but it's not really great. B
July 30, 2010
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The Mighty is about two kids who together are much more than each is separately. The acting of the two kids is great, and I don't know how they convinced the supporting cast of adults (Sharon Stone, X-File's Gillian Anderson, Meatloaf, Gena Rowlands) to join the cast.

I found the story moving and predictable as it moved to its inevitable conclusion, but still a pretty good film.
September 4, 2008
Redlats

Super Reviewer

There are good times and sad times had by the two boys. I could barely survive the sadness. It was great seeing Sharon Stone and Gillian Anderson.
August 8, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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