Secondhand Lions
Secondhand Lions (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

End result: You can't believe any of it. And poor Haley Joel Osment. Now he sees dead movies.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.

Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Charming family movie for tweens and up.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

[A] schmaltz fest.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
The starting looked like it was going to be hella boring but surprisingly, it wasn't. It was one of those movies that gets interesting in every minute.… More
Flutie Archibald
Better than expected. Haley Joel Osment is a little goofy at times, but some of the moments with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall are pretty funny.
Jennifer Xu
Secondhand Lions tries too hard to appeal to a family friendly crowd, and because of it it loses much of its bite. But when it lets go of its reins it can… More
KJ Proulx
Has a lot of stuff going for it! And for the most part, it fulfills almost all of them!
Jason Lalljee
Although it might strike some viewers as bland, it is actually a beautiful, clever movie with a strong story line.
Chris Weber
Great performances highlight this extremely heartfelt, sweet, funny, and entertaining film that radiates nothing but charm.