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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Donner and Evans can't find a way to extricate themselves from the impossible structure they have erected. They remain locked into the odd combination of the dreamy and the dreadful that is entirely of their own devising."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A movie is not a public-service announcement, and a movie that tries to squeak by on intentions doesn't generally doesn't get very far. Viewed from any normal perspective, Radio Flyer never takes off."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"You can't help but feel that Radio Flyer must have looked a lot better on script than on screen."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"What you get in Radio Flyer is an unholy brew of whimsy and blasphemy. It flits from the unwatchable to the unbelievable, with nary a pause between them and the effect, to say the least, is unsettling."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The resulting film is like a travesty of a Spielberg paean to childhood innocence -- an uplifting fantasy about child abuse and suicide."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A very odd, expensive, ambitious failure that tries hard to achieve the Spielberg touch but succeeds only in reminding you of how few filmmakers can successfully lay claim to his territory."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"One of the most touching films ever made. A must-see"
‑ Clint Morris, Tsunami Magazine
"A bittersweet and underrated drama."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Radio Flyer is a well-meaning failure, a muddled fantasy about child abuse that ponderously attempts to combine the grace of legend with the earnestness of a public-service announcement."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's the kind of story that could have soared in the hands of a visionary director like Terry Gilliam, but becomes strangely earthbound under the direction of Richard Donner."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"This perverse script is flying without a pilot."
‑ , Film4
"Equal parts sappy and sincere."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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