Simon Birch
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This comedy-drama features a narration by Jim Carrey, looking back to childhood in a manner similar to the narration on TV's The Wonder Years. The film is the directorial debut of writer Mark Steven Johnson, scripter of Grumpy Old Men and its sequel. Johnson adapted only a small portion of John Irving's 600-page novel A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), but Irving requested a credit other than "based on" and also asked that the character name of Owen Meany be changed. So Owen became Simon Birch -- which then required a title change. In the title role is 11-year-old Ian Michael… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Great, overlooked film."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"Not as good as the book, but not bad either."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"May be a bit too sweet for its own good."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Wonderfully performed and syrupy sweet"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Simon Birch's bark shrivels under the weight of its two-hour length and dramatically under-developed script."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"A rare and wonderful testament to the ardor and resilience of faith. In these times, that is enough to cheer about."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Simon Birch packs the dramatic impact of a mayonnaise sandwich on white bread."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
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