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  • Summary: When the introverted young Walter (Osment) finds himself forced to spend the summer with a pair of eccentric great-uncles (Caine, Duvall) on a remote ranch in Texas, he's understandably unnerved. But left to their own devices, this mismatched threesome begins to forge an unlikely bond. A heartwarming comedy about adventures, discoveries, growth and trust. (New Line Cinema) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    It's a feel-good movie, but not in a bad way. It makes you feel good the way that “Forrest Gump” made you feel good, as if the filmmakers were seriously trying to make a fun, wholesome, entertaining movie without taking on the industry with a moral agenda.
  2. Smart and entertaining almost every step of the way.
  3. Awash in nostalgia, "Lions" combines a gentle coming-of-age story with swashbuckling fantasy. While it lacks a necessary tension in its establishing scenes and might be too soft for those who prefer grittier fare.
  4. Mr. McCanlies's style lurches between the lyrical, the fantastical (flashbacks to the uncles' youth) and the clumsily antic, and Mr. Osment's performance is woefully stiff and inexpressive.
  5. 50
    Osment, playing a fatherless 14-year-old, has entered the sort of awkward adolescence that afflicts so many male child stars - and seems utterly intimidated by his esteemed co-stars.
  6. 50
    Slow and ultimately distressing.
  7. It's less a children's movie made for contemporary children than a children's movie made for people who still remember, and pine for, how children's movies were made 50 years ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. ApeE.
    Feb 6, 2009
    This is indeed a feel good movie. And you feel great after watching it. Is that bad? A brilliant mix of fantasy and reality, this movie will touch your heart, unless your heart is burdened with pessimism and malcontentedness, as some reviewers seem to be afflicted with. One of the best underrated movies of all time. A great sigh of relief in a world of bad movies. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    My favorite film of all time. I remember first picking this up from Blockbuster with my parents when I was a kid, the name and DVD case intriguing me. Boy was I in for one hell of a surprise as from start to finish I was completely enraptured. To this day, I can watch this film over and over without it getting old.
    If you're looking for a good adventure, packed with emotional and inspiring moments, then this is the movie you've been looking for.
  3. Pants
    Aug 27, 2007
    This movie makes you feel good all over. If you need to feel like there is still hope for humanity watch this. Good stuff.
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are Hollywood legends, who prove their reputation in Secondhand Lions. It's kind of a hokie story that really only works because of its extremely talented cast. Walter is sent to spend the summer with two bizarre and distant relatives, who mysteriously left forty years earlier to travel the world, and whom returned just as mysteriously. Like I said, the story is a bit weird, but it's extremely entertaining. The whole cast is terrific and the film is much more than what it appears to be on the outside. It's about living your life to the fullest and believing in whatever it is that makes you happy. It's a story everyone can relate to, with a cast I can't say enough about. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    Parts of Secondhand Lions feels choppy and unfinished, other parts are brilliant, and the end satisfies.

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