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Secondhand Lions Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2003
Despite a star-studded cast and healthy helpings of sentiment, nostalgia and heart, it's a hollow affair that's content to tell the viewer how to feel rather than earning those feelings through its story and performances.
| Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
September 26, 2003
Duvall and Caine have more fun with shotguns than anyone this side of Phil Gramm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 18, 2003
You begin to sit trembling in your seat, terrified of the next puppy shot. They will haunt your dreams and torment your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 22, 2003
... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2003
The film's attitude toward female characters is so relentlessly cruel and dismissive, that it's impossible to pay attention to all the supposedly sweet stuff that surrounds Lions' hard-hearted center.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.
Brian Orndorf
September 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 16, 2003
A waste of three fine actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions manages to squander the services of seasoned vets Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and promising newcomer Haley Joel Osment, with a tale that is dramatically false and disturbingly vicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 18, 2003
There are too many leaden moments and odd shifts in tone to keep Lions from winning us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 19, 2003
Osment doesn't have to worry about looks ending his career early. But more films like Secondhand Lions certainly could.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 17, 2003
Ridiculous scripting and a geeky, grating performance by the needy, too-old-for-this-role Osment sets the teeth on edge.
| Original Score: 2/4
Carlo Cavagna
September 18, 2003
Don't allow the ending to ruin the film. Ignore it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 23, 2003
Overly sentimental hoedown in schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jan Stuart
September 18, 2003
The kind of pandering family entertainment that would make even Walt Disney roll in his grave.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2003
A saccharine, inoffensive kids movie, which might seem more at home as a made-for-cable affair.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions is made from a child's perspective, but its point of view has a glass eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions tries to delight, but its charms are no more credible than the swashbuckling adventure that Caine's character recounts.
| Original Score: C+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 19, 2003
This story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Ronnie Scheib
March 26, 2009
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Baltimore Sun
September 20, 2003
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September 20, 2003

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September 28, 2003

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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