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88
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.
83
Entertainment Weekly
To Winn-Dixie's great credit, both as a book and as a dandy, dignified movie, there's nothing condescendingly lesson-like in the wisdom India acquires.
75
A sweet, family-friendly retelling of a touching and funny Newbery Award-winning children's book.
75
In pace, sensibility, and big, beating heart, this is a child's first indie film, and it's the better for it.
75
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.
75
Charlotte Observer
The casting of Daniels, Tyson and Saint, all of whom underplay effortlessly, was shrewd.
50
Sweet and warm-hearted, but there is another film with a similar story that is boundlessly better, and that is "My Dog Skip" (2000).
50
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.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up.
50
Bland, amiable, innocuous.
50
New York Post
Only mildly diverting and way too long for a movie aimed at kids.

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