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Radio Flyer Reviews

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Empire Magazine
May 20, 2013
You can't help but feel that Radio Flyer must have looked a lot better on script than on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2013
The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2013
A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine
October 26, 2008
One of the most touching films ever made. A must-see
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
April 15, 2008
A film one would like to like more.

April 15, 2008
This perverse script is flying without a pilot.

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 20, 2004
A bittersweet and underrated drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Richard Donner's Radio Flyer is one of those infrequent and embarrassing efforts of a perfectly adequate Hollywood director to make the kind of offbeat movie for which he has no aptitude at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Weinberg
October 22, 2002
Equal parts sappy and sincere.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
July 26, 2002
Embarrassing, sentimental crap.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Despite the flaws, Evans's thoughtful script and the unclichTd performances of Wood and Mazzello exert a powerful grip. The film stays with you.
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