(1999)

Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Chicago Tribune
A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4]
80
Slate
At its best, the movie evokes that blend of thrill and terror that comes from mixing two chemicals together without being sure that an instant later you'll still be standing there in one piece.
80
Los Angeles Times
One of the most unfashionable movies of the new year, and one of the more appealing. [19 February 1999, Calendar, p.F-10]
75
USA Today
The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E]
75
This film is family.
75
The film is rich in period flavor and refreshingly unhip.
70
Washington Post
Paint-by-numbers feel-gooder, in which Homer and his friends decide to win a national science fair for their little town and, ultimately, for America.
60
Film Threat
Cooper who was so poignant in "Lone Star," gives an emotionally robust performance.
60
The A.V. Club
Offers a strange mix of sentimentality and social criticism, sometimes mixing the two to awkward effect.
50
TV Guide Magazine
The film's most fully realized performance is Chris Cooper's.

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