Radio Flyer Reviews

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
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.
April 15, 2008
A film one would like to like more.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
It all makes for a soaring -- and tearful -- ending.
January 1, 2000
Radio Flyer pushes so many buttons that I wanted to start pushing back.
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.