Secondhand Lions Reviews

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October 28, 2003
Schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons.
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.
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.
September 19, 2003
[A] schmaltz fest.
September 19, 2003
Lions' iron whimsy is a jackhammer on the heart.
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.
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.
September 19, 2003
This story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind.
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.
September 19, 2003
One of those headed-for-cable oddities that must have sounded like a good idea at the time.
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.
September 19, 2003
As entertaining as it is wholesome.
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions tries to delight, but its charms are no more credible than the swashbuckling adventure that Caine's character recounts.
September 19, 2003
A gentle and sweet whimsy.
September 19, 2003
Secondhand Lions is made from a child's perspective, but its point of view has a glass eye.
September 19, 2003
First-rate performances by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine.
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