Secondhand Lions Reviews

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May 30, 2019
Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment turn in exceptionally strong performances in a heartwarming film.
January 4, 2018
End result: You can't believe any of it. And poor Haley Joel Osment. Now he sees dead movies.
December 28, 2010
Charming family movie for tweens and up.
November 29, 2009
...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.
June 13, 2009
Duval and Caine make the film watchable, but there's too much gunplay for the movie to truly be the child-friendly entertainment that it pretends.
December 30, 2006
October 11, 2006
Lions will appeal to a more mature audience because of the solid acting duo of Caine and Duvall. It will also appeal to children because of its almost mythological feel.
December 6, 2005
July 16, 2005
July 5, 2005
December 6, 2004
[Most family films] aim too low, so perhaps there should be hearty applause for one that tries to do too much good in its small space of time.
October 15, 2004
My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.
March 26, 2004
To see Osment react to a door closing is akin to watching someone get defibrillated.
February 1, 2004
An unpretentiously sweet home-is-where-the-heart-is fantasy.
January 1, 2004
[T]he real lesson here may be for Haley Joel Osment, who could well have Dickie Roberts II in his future.
November 10, 2003
This film may be all over the map, but at least it takes viewers to some interesting places.
October 28, 2003
Schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons.
October 22, 2003
'There is something to be said for reminding audiences of simple truths found amidst complex circumstances. But here, the film becomes a series of hokey contrivances and the simple truth it illustrates is so reductive it is almost insulting.'
October 12, 2003
With Caine and Duvall two kings of the acting jungle in top form; more proof why good casting directors are worth their weight in black gold.
October 5, 2003
This is what family films are supposed to be like.
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