Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Well-acted, briskly paced and prettily photographed, the film is a mild-mannered family story with a caring heart, and that's ultimately enough to make its 104 minutes worthwhile.
  2. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    The most popular entry in last year's Seattle International Film Festival family series.
  3. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    Accomplished, ambitious, and great-looking.
  4. As warm and reassuring as grandma's hugs.
  5. Woven from such promising threads that you wish it was better.
  6. Reviewed by: Robin Rauzi
    It may be a hard sell to the Gameboy generation, but The Basket has charms that may be more evident to adults.
  7. Avoids succumbing to the preachiness that is the bane of so many family films, and for a movie like this, that's no small feat.
  8. 50
    It gussies up the tale with so many random subplots that by the time we cut through the morass, the film is over.
  9. You have no idea how determined director Rich Cowan is to suck the last drop of sap out of this tree.
  10. 50
    Would be solid family entertainment if it weren't for the funereal pacing, which may kill its appeal among young audiences.
  11. Earnest and kid-friendly -- also simplistic and dramatically creaky.
  12. Reviewed by: Emily Borrow
    Combines the wholesomeness of "Old Yeller" with the moral and physical claustrophobia of "The Waltons."
  13. 33
    A contrived and sentimental melodrama, the film takes a promising premise and crushes it with mind-numbing repetition, sophomoric conveniences, plastic acting and the worst score, perhaps, ever heard.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Despite the overplotting, there's scarcely any of the characterization that might have made some of it interesting.

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