Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 78
    It's childhood done just right: part cotton candy angels, part gurning adult frighteners, and all wide-eyed kidhood bravado.
  2. 50
    And the movie, likable for short stretches, ends up seeming worn and frayed, like Christmas decorations left hanging until spring.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    You really don't need to borrow someone else's kids to ponder and enjoy what Millions has to offer.
  4. Starts as sweetly impossible and ends as impossibly sweet.
  5. The most gleeful movie about a single-minded kid since "A Christmas Story."
  6. 100
    A family film of limitless imagination and surprising joy.
  7. One of the more delightful and satisfying family movies.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    80
    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.
  11. This sincere, delicate, and intrinsically religious comedy may also become that most unexpected of blessings - Danny Boyle's first family classic.
  12. 80
    Millions is that rarest of creatures: a family film - one of surprising warmth – that won't have adults reaching for an airsick bag.
  13. 80
    Millions is an intelligent children’s film that may prove to be a guilty pleasure for adults.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    Give Boyce and Boyle credit for daring to be strange, but this enchilada is so overstuffed, it's falling apart.
  17. Leaves you feeling rich - and richly satisfied.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The film is thriller, comedy and rite-of-passage story, but Boyle never loses sight of what's at its core.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. By avoiding sentimentality, Millions emerges as a simple tale told with sympathy for a child's point of view.
  24. A heartfelt, emotionally delicate children's movie about life and death and all the parts in between.
  25. 50
    We're supposed to be overwhelmed by magic, but what we see is fancy film technique and a lot of strained whimsy.
  26. 70
    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.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    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.
  28. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Maintains a bankable charm and innocence even when overdrawn on the special effects side.
  29. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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."
  32. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Feb 7, 2014
    3
    Millions 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
    10
    Amazing 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
    8
    Touching fantasy with a flashy, surrealistic visual style. The film has humor, pathos, and moments of menace.