Radio Flyer
Radio Flyer (1992)

Two brothers are the victims of their widowed mother's violent drunkard husband who spares no rod with the youngest brother. Reverting to a world of make-believe, they imagine that their Radio Flyer wagon can fly and that in it they can… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Empire Magazine

You can't help but feel that Radio Flyer must have looked a lot better on script than on screen.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A queasy combination of whimsy and child abuse.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

If nothing else, Radio Flyer is an original: The first feel-good movie about child abuse.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
An interesting story, but not all that memorable.
Conner Rainwater
A powerful story about brothers. It has great performances from Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello. It is a very brave film and doesn't shy away from risque… More
Thomas Johnston
Sweet, sappy and predictable.
Jason Spencer
A good one with kids who belive they can build a flying machine.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Powered by imagination."</i> A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.… More
ashley hayes-beaty
Sort of hard to watch, but good. The boys were excellent and really got into the roles, which makes a difference.