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"Thomas Riedelsheimer, who directed, edited, and shot the film, has too much reverence for the subject to challenge him; that isnt Riedelsheimers agen ..
If you can get past all thatwell, it still isnt very good, despite a compelling message about the all important intergenerational bequest of tales tal ..
"You dont know whether to feel horrified by or embarrassed for the poor kid."
Duvall and Caine bring subtle complexity and rugged authenticity to their enjoyable, if not Oscar worthy, performances.
Secondhand Lions is about the uncles every boy should have, and the summer every boy should spend.
The story was so lamely presented that its appeal is not to kids or adults, but is mired in secondhand nostalgia.
In SECONDHAND LIONS, Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is dumped on the unwelcoming front porch of his two great uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Micha ..
Secondhand Lions is an extraordinary coming of age movie that salutes the odd ways eccentric individuals can inspire us to become all we are meant to ..
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Over time, the two old men spin tall tales about cross continental adventures, daring warfare and tragic love affairs.
Set in 1960s Texas, this innocuous and occasionally heart warming tale uses an obviously metaphorical parallel to examine the fates of wild things imp ..
While the comedy is overly broad at times and the story is so sentimental it borders on being sappy, the strong characters and powerful performances h ..
Secondhand Lions has all the makings of a hokey, ridiculous family friendly drama, the kind of eye rollingly oversimplified tale that uses charm to ma ..
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But there are too many leaden moments and odd shifts in tone to keep Lions from winning us over.
Like everything else, the flashbacks play like reheated leftovers, and its a waste of three fine actors.
It makes the characters more human and feel more developed than the script allows them to be.
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Haley Joel Osment is very good too on the strength of this he may avoid Macauley Culkin Syndrome and end up with some decent teen parts.
Boy meets grumpy old men Family films are back in style, and while not all of them are squeaky clean enough to earn a G rating, its refreshing to see ..
But the scripts themes arent laid on too heavily, and the heartwarming stuff never quite overwhelms the film, despite a few extremely cornball scenes.
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Its not perfect infrequently the comedy and drama rub up against each other too much but it is the genuine article: a wholly unique family film that c ..
Secondhand Lions manages to squander the services of seasoned vets Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and promising newcomer Haley Joel Osment, with a t ..
Absolutely but, in the hands of three exceptional actors, totally entertaining and heartwarming.Caine is the storytelling uncle; Duvall the action ori ..
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As sweetly sentimental as a Werthers Original advert, Secondhand Lions could have been strangled by its warmth and fuzziness were it not for three ski ..
Older doesnt always mean wiser.Take Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, two silver haired thesps whose collective years are enough to make most pocket ca ..
The film is just okay, but because it shows some good heart you want to try to like it.
Unsentimental, non glamorized, and unclouded by the usual overlay of rose colored nostalgia, this is a raw but rewarding motion picture.
But it gets better as it goes along, spares us most of the usual geriatric jokes, manages to be genuinely surprising in some of its later turns and se ..
Duval and Caine make the film watchable, but theres too much gunplay for the movie to truly be the child friendly entertainment that it pretends.
This film is a reminder of Diane Keatons largely forgotten, but more emotionally true Unstrung Heroes, another tale of a young boy left with two eccen ..
And this coming of age comedy drama needs all their considerable talents to overcome a rather inconsistent tone (as gentle as it is, the film takes a ..
If it cant stand up to scrutiny and multiple viewings, its just a fun adventure movie.
The challenge will be finding them as he approaches adulthood while avoiding a Macaulay Culkin type burnout.In an overcrowded sea of Oscar wannabes an ..
This is a lovely and appropriately sentimental stew of old fashioned values like honor, valor, love, and home.Bring Kleenex.
The production quality sputters only a few times like an old single propeller biplane but the story is enchanting and fun.
This wonderful family film stressed the importance of imagination as something in which to believe.
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In the end, though, Secondhand Lions is a pleasant and entertaining film thats neither as demanding nor as satisfying as the superior Holes.
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It makes you feel good the way that Forrest Gump made you feel good, as if the filmmakers were seriously trying to make a fun, wholesome, entertaining ..
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81) had gone for an all out romp rather than for tears, this film might have stumbled onto the poignancy its looking for.
Because it never quite reaches its enormous potential, Secondhand Lions feels like a disappointment even though theres much to praise.
This isnt perfect filmmaking, but its pleasant enough and a pleasure to watch.
The fanciful flashbacks which are colorful and storybook like add some magic to the mix.
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Osments performance feels a touch too mannered, a little fake, as if hes not wholly comfortable with the role.Is it because this is a much lighter fil ..
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