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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Admirers of Irving's sprawling tome are sure to find Birch a botch. show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The film, "suggested by" John Irving's novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany," is so unabashedly manipulative -- and implausible -- that even while crying, many viewers may also feel abused. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Either you stand back and resist it, or you plunge in. There was something about its innocence and spunk that got to me, and I caved in. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie is lively, funny, and endearing until melodramatics and sentimentality take over in the last few scenes. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Because the movie is otherwise so well made and so full of sweet emotion and "good" values, I was happy to ignore the shortcomings. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's an excursion into a melodramatic morass that occasionally becomes difficult to sit through because it's so cloying. show more

  • 25
    Ray Conlogue The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is a film whose sunny and insipid storytelling style is at odds with its material. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Irving's dead-serious sense of spiritual purpose is here replaced with weepy sentiment and saccharine comedy. But knee-deep in syrup, the film manages to stand on its own -- mainly due to a terrific performance from young Smith and a host of winning supporting players. show more

  • 50
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    If you were expecting a small art film, you know you're in trouble when the first thing you see is Jim Carrey. show more

  • 20

    In the title role, newcomer Smith shows vestiges of an intuitive and moving performance, but he's swamped by a veritable tsunami of sentimentality and hamstrung by cute dialogue. show more

  • October 13, 2011 littlebeavers8
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    my all time favorite movie, makes you laugh then cry.

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