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Secondhand Lions Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Charming family movie for tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 29, 2009
...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 26, 2004
To see Osment react to a door closing is akin to watching someone get defibrillated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2004
An unpretentiously sweet home-is-where-the-heart-is fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2003
This film may be all over the map, but at least it takes viewers to some interesting places.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Gilchrist
October 5, 2003
This is what family films are supposed to be like.
Harvey S. Karten
October 5, 2003
Effectively proves that senior citizens are not dull--provided that they'd spent time in the French Foreign Legion and rescued princesses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Turner
October 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 3, 2003
Warm and a little syrupy like old school films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
A wholly unique family film that can moisten your eyes even while it quickens your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
September 28, 2003
Because it never quite reaches its enormous potential, Secondhand Lions feels like a disappointment even though there's much to praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 26, 2003
There's a deep, sad yearning that permeates through the fantastical optimism of Secondhand Lions that gives it the cold, harsh edge of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 25, 2003
In the end there may not quite be enough here to make the film a classic, but it's enjoyable and lively and warm while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 25, 2003
The movie is fun, but thinking about it afterwards reveals just how sloppy it is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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