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  • Summary: The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    Pic [story by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha] is in the best tradition of Disney and even better than that because it is not so juvenile that adults won’t be thoroughly entertained.
  2. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Jun 4, 2014
    Director Joe Johnston, a veteran of Industrial Light and Magic, brings a wry Rube Goldberg approach to his first-ever feature. The sets are definitely plastic, but that slightly homemade look is refreshing in the hardware movie decade.
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    The cheery result is enough to renew one's faith in Uncle Walt and the boys - a family picture that transcends the cliche, a light-bright romp where the sentiment isn't cheap and where the action isn't childish. Now there's a novelty item for you. [27 June 1989]
  4. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 4, 2014
    The director, Joe Johnston, paces this adventure to suit the film's tone. It is swift and smooth, never wild or raucous.
  5. Reviewed by: Hal Lipper
    Jun 9, 2014
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids pulls some familiar plot - and emotional strings. It's a tad too predictable. But it's resourceful and well-crafted. It's the type of movie that works on one level for parents and another for kids. Both will be pleased. [23 June 1989, p.12]
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    The special effects are all there, nicely in place, and the production values are sound, but the movie is dead in the water. It tells an amazing and preposterous story, and it seems bored by it.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 9, 2014
    In a weird way, what happens to the kids is what happens to the movie. The humans shrivel to crawling piffles or get deformed into caterwauling robots; the super-tall grass and the giant cookies and insects take over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 20, 2014
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  2. Sep 3, 2014
    One of Disney's more well-known live action attempts. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is definitely interesting. But, gosh, I find myself boredOne of Disney's more well-known live action attempts. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is definitely interesting. But, gosh, I find myself bored almost every time. Expand