The Mighty
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In the tradition of My Left Foot (1989), Peter Chelsom directed this emotional drama of outcasts, adapted from the Rodman Philbrick's popular young-adult novel Freak the Mighty. Although burly, slow-paced eight-grader Maxwell Kane (Elden Hensen), who narrates, is learning disabled, he nevertheless has a poetic soul, as evidenced when he meets the bright and brainy Kevin Dillon (Kieran Culkin), crippled by a birth defect. The physically deformed Kevin, who wears leg braces and uses crutches, suffers from Morquio's Syndrome, which causes physical growth to stop after the age of six.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Decently acted but only moderately inspiring."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"it would be a shame if this funny, warm-hearted film didn't find a sizable audience..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Resonates with genuine feeling and storytelling grace."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"Touching and ultimately rewarding..Culkin shines"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Celebrates imagination as the firepower that enables these two outsiders to transcend their disabilities, loneliness, and familial problems."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Instead of relying on maudlin music cues and heavy-handed dialogue, Chelsom has faith enough in his script and his cast to allow them to strike emotional chords on their own."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It is about killers, criminals, bullies, small, mean-spirited people and people with the hearts of lions, people with broken bodies, but soaring spirits."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"...A cheesy, overdramatic tear-jerker full of transparent sentimentality and forced emotion."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The film is barely watchable when [Gillian Anderson is] on screen."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A tearjerker that isn't shallow and obvious about pulling the emotions out of you, and can actually be viewed more than once without blowing its shelf life."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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