Secondhand Lions
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In this family-friendly comedy drama, Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is a shy and bookish boy just short of his teens whose mother impulsively decides to leave him for the summer with his eccentric grand-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine). Walter isn't especially happy about being left in the middle of Texas with two old men, while Hub and Garth aren't too pleased to be stuck minding a boy, especially one who isn't accustomed to hunting, fishing, or firearms. When Walter starts hearing local gossip about his uncles' wild and wooly pasts, he begins asking a few… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Secondhand Lions manages to squander the services of seasoned vets Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and promising newcomer Haley Joel Osment, with a tale that is dramatically false and disturbingly vicious."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Charming family movie for tweens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lions will appeal to a more mature audience because of the solid acting duo of Caine and Duvall. It will also appeal to children because of its almost mythological feel."
‑ Mary Lasse, Christianity Today
"To see Osment react to a door closing is akin to watching someone get defibrillated."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Secondhand Lions is a movie you want to believe in -- original ideas, acclaimed actors -- but McCanlies uses too many broad strokes when subtlety and finesse would have had greater impact."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"[Most family films] aim too low, so perhaps there should be hearty applause for one that tries to do too much good in its small space of time."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"An unpretentiously sweet home-is-where-the-heart-is fantasy."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It's pretty appalling, and it's boring."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"[A] schmaltz fest."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Duval and Caine make the film watchable, but there's too much gunplay for the movie to truly be the child-friendly entertainment that it pretends."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"[T]he real lesson here may be for Haley Joel Osment, who could well have Dickie Roberts II in his future."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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