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Radio Flyer Reviews

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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
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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
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 15, 2008
A film one would like to like more.
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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.
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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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Radio Flyer pushes so many buttons that I wanted to start pushing back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Donner has a reputation for manhandling scripts, and you get the feeling that buried beneath his stalker-movie techniques is a real movie, with a genuine feel for its characters and its subject.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It all makes for a soaring -- and tearful -- ending.