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Secondhand Lions Reviews

September 22, 2003
... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.
September 19, 2003
Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.
September 19, 2003
It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.
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
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions is a movie you want to believe in -- original ideas, acclaimed actors -- but McCanlies uses too many broad strokes when subtlety and finesse would have had greater impact.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2003
[A] schmaltz fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2003
Lions' iron whimsy is a jackhammer on the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2003
The whole thing's just not funny enough for children. And it's far too sad for adults.
September 19, 2003
An air of contrivance and, worse, fraudulence, hangs over this gentle fantasy, despite some charming moments.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2003
This story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2003
Even without handicapping for the limitations of its gentle genre, the film has moments of whimsical humor and thoughtful plotting that soar tantalizingly close to something that could be enjoyed on its own merits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2003
One of those headed-for-cable oddities that must have sounded like a good idea at the time.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions is not a great movie, but you'd have to be an old coot not to like it at least a bit.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 19, 2003
As entertaining as it is wholesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions tries to delight, but its charms are no more credible than the swashbuckling adventure that Caine's character recounts.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 19, 2003
A gentle and sweet whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 19, 2003
First-rate performances by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 18, 2003
The performances of Caine and Duvall are a double-barreled blast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2003
May be pure hokum, but at least it knows how to spin a yarn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2003
A mild family film with an excellent cast that never develops traction.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 18, 2003
Audiences may get twitchy during some of the more obvious moments, but they'll look back on the film with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 18, 2003
A saccharine, inoffensive kids movie, which might seem more at home as a made-for-cable affair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 18, 2003
The kind of pandering family entertainment that would make even Walt Disney roll in his grave.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 18, 2003
There's something for everyone: comedy, drama and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 18, 2003
Despite the considerable imagination that has gone into realizing period scenes on a modest budget, all the episodes feel hurried and clipped, like they've been passed through too many impatient editing-room hands, and the picture never fully absorbs you.
September 18, 2003
With such a bang-up cast, this setup could at least elicit some tears, but in its 107 minutes, nary a one welled up in my eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 17, 2003
With no baseline 'truth' to be found among the cartoony characters and cheesy twists, the whole production feels like a Texas-size load of secondhand lyin'.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 17, 2003
A movie the whole family can enjoy.
September 16, 2003
Despite flaws that are (for the most part) easily overlooked, this film has enough charm and whimsy to capture the attention and imagination of children and parents alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2003
A thirdhand lark.
September 12, 2003
Awash in nostalgia, Lions combines a gentle coming-of-age story with swashbuckling fantasy.