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Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  • Summary: Even though Simon Birch is the smallest kid in town, deep down he knows that he was born to do something big. He's on a constant search to discover his destiny, but somehow manages to find nothing but trouble. (Buena Vista Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Hollis Chacona
    Only masterful performances keep this frankly sentimental film from foundering in a sea of syrup.
  2. The movie is lively, funny, and endearing until melodramatics and sentimentality take over in the last few scenes.
  3. 70
    This friendly, briefly exciting story (1998), inspired by John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, achieves a nice balance between caricature and nuanced characterization and even manages not to be cloying.
  4. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    If you were expecting a small art film, you know you're in trouble when the first thing you see is Jim Carrey.
  5. It allows for little of the dark and funny in Irving's picaresque morality fable. No room! Not with the buckets of bathos thrown our way, substituting for mass-market spiritual uplift!
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Marks
    This tale of faith, fate, death, and redemption is non-threatening and also non-inspiring.
  7. No doubt there are those who will deem Simon Birch ''heartwarming.'' It is exactly the kind of movie that has given that hackneyed superlative a bad name.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. NancyB.
    Mar 24, 2008
    I absolutely loved the movie, I watched it, next day showed it to my sister and mother, watched it with them, then a few days later, I watched it with my husband, and I will probably watch it again, I recorded it so that I can watch while everyone is at work and school. This is the only movie that I have ever been able to watch over two times without getting bored with it. If 20 had been the very best score, I would have chosen it. Simon did an absolutely superb job or Ian Michael I should say, on his part. Nancy Barnes Expand
  2. Jan 5, 2014
    This is a perfect blend of humor and a touching story that illustrates that every person has a unique purpose regardless of their physical attributes.
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    I really liked this movie, and it would have been great, but I honestly don't think the director worked hard enough. I loved the actors, and this really had potential, which is the main reason why I'm not giving this movie a bad score, and I just feel that this movie is just a disappointment.

    I understand that this movie can connect to many people out there, but that doesn't mean that it is an excellent movie.

    There are a lot better movies out there for everyone to watch, and I mean in all genres.

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