Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    A family film of limitless imagination and surprising joy.
  2. This sincere, delicate, and intrinsically religious comedy may also become that most unexpected of blessings - Danny Boyle's first family classic.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The near-miracle worked by Mr. Boyle, whose exuberant style brings several saints to scruffy life, is a movie that's joyously funny and hugely inventive -- occasionally to the point of preciousness -- yet true to the spirit of the saintly little kid at its center.
  4. It's vibrant and verdant and heartbreakingly inviting, begging you to escape into a lovely tale in which children, through a simple act of faith, find their own heaven on earth.
  5. One of the more delightful and satisfying family movies.
  6. Leaves you feeling rich - and richly satisfied.
  7. The film is thriller, comedy and rite-of-passage story, but Boyle never loses sight of what's at its core.
  8. 80
    Millions is an intelligent children’s film that may prove to be a guilty pleasure for adults.
  9. A heartfelt, emotionally delicate children's movie about life and death and all the parts in between.
  10. Despite being a pure fantasy that relishes not making literal sense, Millions retains a conviction about what it's doing that makes us believe and enjoy.
  11. Witty, sweet and charming but never sappy, the movie joins the heady company of such extraordinary child-centered movies as "The 400 Blows," "My Life as a Dog" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants."
  12. The most gleeful movie about a single-minded kid since "A Christmas Story."
  13. The movie, though quite funny in parts, turns organically dark, and it refuses to paint a picture of a cotton-candy world. It prefers the real one.
  14. 80
    Millions is that rarest of creatures: a family film - one of surprising warmth – that won't have adults reaching for an airsick bag.
  15. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    Millions, like all kid-powered movies, stands or falls in the first place on the performances of its child actors, and Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon both delight.
  16. 78
    It's childhood done just right: part cotton candy angels, part gurning adult frighteners, and all wide-eyed kidhood bravado.
  17. 75
    It's an uplifting motion picture that will bring smiles to faces, and Boyle's trademark irreverence keeps the feel-good experience from becoming too saccharine.
  18. You never know what to expect from Boyle, and that goes triple in this offbeat comedy drama. It's a movie about family that family viewers will find good, quirky fun.
  19. This is a family movie in the best sense; it plays to children without talking down and to their parents without pandering. Mostly, it's just good fun.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    You really don't need to borrow someone else's kids to ponder and enjoy what Millions has to offer.
  21. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Maintains a bankable charm and innocence even when overdrawn on the special effects side.
  22. 70
    A little broad comedy keeps things perky, but the kids' excellent, restrained acting and the low-key script by "The Claim" screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce hold the whole sprawling project together, from weepy revelations to silly fantasy-saint sequences.
  23. This cheeky fable rests on the slender shoulders of Etel and McGibbon, and the lovely, natural performances Boyle elicits from them are the film's real miracle.
  24. 70
    A sweet little picture with a sense of humor as well as a mission. If money can't buy you love, at least it can buy you 90 minutes of warmth.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Mostly avoids being cloying but flirts with being precious. Yet Boyle is enough of a stylist to make it all passable. It's one of those films for which fans and detractors can see the others' viewpoint.
  26. 63
    Give Boyce and Boyle credit for daring to be strange, but this enchilada is so overstuffed, it's falling apart.
  27. The film is small-scale, cleverly crafted and feels like a more expensive version of the sort of "dramedy" they produce by the truckload at the BBC.
  28. Starts as sweetly impossible and ends as impossibly sweet.
  29. By avoiding sentimentality, Millions emerges as a simple tale told with sympathy for a child's point of view.
  30. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Danny Boyle's Millions is not what we'd expect from the "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later" director. It's essentially a gentle, kid's-eye parable.
  31. 50
    We're supposed to be overwhelmed by magic, but what we see is fancy film technique and a lot of strained whimsy.
  32. 50
    And the movie, likable for short stretches, ends up seeming worn and frayed, like Christmas decorations left hanging until spring.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Feb 7, 2014
    Millions may seem like an interesting movie, but it suffers tremendously from an awkward quirkiness and inconsistent filming that leave theMillions may seem like an interesting movie, but it suffers tremendously from an awkward quirkiness and inconsistent filming that leave the movie feeling incoherent. Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2011
    Amazing movie! Really really fun to watch. Also Very Imaginative and creative movie with a good moral to it. This movie was also religiouslyAmazing movie! Really really fun to watch. Also Very Imaginative and creative movie with a good moral to it. This movie was also religiously fascinating and the cinomtagraphy in it was great. Full Review »
  3. HarperM
    Apr 6, 2009
    Touching fantasy with a flashy, surrealistic visual style. The film has humor, pathos, and moments of menace.