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Maybe I'm officially old and jaded but...
written by rpmfla September 23, 2005 - 12:03 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
While this is an ok effort for Disney, I felt like it could have been much better. Nothing was given any depth at all and the characters were just very slight Disney rehashes. I didn't read the book, so I don't have that going for me, but the story here seemed to float along at such a pace that the characters were left behind.
Khleo Thomas was the only actor I found the least bit interesting here, and Sigourney Weaver is barely there at all.

Perhaps for those who read and enjoyed the books, the superficial character development would be less of an issue.

Not a bad movie, but from the hype I was expecting more.

Dig this kids movie
written by underdog October 9, 2003 - 2:18 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Flawed but extremely likeable "kids" movie won me over with its engaging, and real, cast of mostly unknown kids -- LeBeouf in particular is a revelation -- and for its sweet-natured messages that don't hit you over the head. The story is packed with a few too many flashback threads, making it at times confusing or at least hard to consistently connect with the main plot -- and the depiction of the Old West feels a bit inauthentic (but why complain? It's a teen fable and takes that POV from the get-go). Jon Voight has a great time as the caricatured but hilarious camp manager, Weaver also has fun but doesn't go too over the top) as the Warden with a family secret, and it's also fun to see Henry Winkler, as LeBeouf's inventor dad (not that we haven't seen a bumbling inventor dad character in a kids' movie before). But it's really the kids themselves, from "Armpit" to "X-Ray" to, especially, little "Zero," who make the film, and, despite it's few, uh, holes, the story's engaging enough for the whole (uh, sorry) family.


(Average 6.35)
95 Votes
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