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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Matthews holds his own with his experienced co-stars, and his half- talking/half-singing explanation of his criminal past is the movie's best scene. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A sweet, family-friendly retelling of a touching and funny Newbery Award-winning children's book. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Thanks to director Wayne Wang ("The Joy Luck Club"), there are also artistic touches that keep this movie from sticking to the roof of the mouth the way peanut butter does to Opal's pet. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up. show more

  • 88
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    Most likely chosen for its shaggy-dog looks, Winn-Dixie is actually a great deal more special than you'd expect, a fitting analogy for a film no parent should be too quick to dismiss. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    In pace, sensibility, and big, beating heart, this is a child's first indie film, and it's the better for it. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The casting of Daniels, Tyson and Saint, all of whom underplay effortlessly, was shrewd. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sweet and warm-hearted, but there is another film with a similar story that is boundlessly better, and that is "My Dog Skip" (2000). show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Bland, amiable, innocuous. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Only mildly diverting and way too long for a movie aimed at kids. show more

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