Radio Flyer Reviews

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June 7, 2018
Too dark and upsetting for the family trade, this tale of a sadistic stepfather takes too many wrong moves to satisfy adults.
June 20, 2017
Child abuse, alcoholism in coming-of-age tearjerker.
May 20, 2013
The nostalgic details are charming, there are excellent if skimpy effects (a giant buffalo, a Bigfoot cameo) and the children (Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello) are quite wonderful, but it's a puzzling, borderline distasteful film.
May 20, 2013
The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible.
May 20, 2013
It's the kind of story that could have soared in the hands of a visionary director like Terry Gilliam, but becomes strangely earthbound under the direction of Richard Donner.
May 20, 2013
Donner and Evans can't find a way to extricate themselves from the impossible structure they have erected. They remain locked into the odd combination of the dreamy and the dreadful that is entirely of their own devising.
May 20, 2013
What you get in Radio Flyer is an unholy brew of whimsy and blasphemy. It flits from the unwatchable to the unbelievable, with nary a pause between them and the effect, to say the least, is unsettling.
May 20, 2013
A very odd, expensive, ambitious failure that tries hard to achieve the Spielberg touch but succeeds only in reminding you of how few filmmakers can successfully lay claim to his territory.
May 20, 2013
Radio Flyer is a well-meaning failure, a muddled fantasy about child abuse that ponderously attempts to combine the grace of legend with the earnestness of a public-service announcement.
May 20, 2013
A movie is not a public-service announcement, and a movie that tries to squeak by on intentions doesn't generally doesn't get very far. Viewed from any normal perspective, Radio Flyer never takes off.
May 20, 2013
A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse.
September 7, 2011
If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse.
October 26, 2008
One of the most touching films ever made. A must-see
April 15, 2008
A film one would like to like more.
April 15, 2008
This perverse script is flying without a pilot.
April 15, 2008
The resulting film is like a travesty of a Spielberg paean to childhood innocence -- an uplifting fantasy about child abuse and suicide.
May 24, 2007
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
It's not a total loss, but the voice-over is infuriatingly overdone, as if the film-makers didn't trust the visuals, the kids are resistible and the tone's discomfortingly cute.
July 7, 2005
January 5, 2005
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