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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.
70
Dallas Observer
Both screenwriter Joan Singleton and director Wang take the time to draw real people and feeling relationships.
60
Variety
Uneven though it is, Because of Winn-Dixie, based on Kate Di Camillo's novel, is tough to dislike.
50
The A.V. Club
Some might even find the leisurely pace a nice break from the rapid-fire approach favored by most kids' entertainment.
50
Village Voice
The story seems awkwardly positioned between coming-of-age realism and whimsical fantasy.
50
L.A. Weekly
Jeff Daniels is a compelling-enough actor to lift almost any film out of mediocrity, but even he has his work cut out for him.
50
Can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up.
50
A harmless, pleasant comic drama, but elements that may have seemed delightfully eccentric on the page take on unfortunate new tones when translated to film.
50
Bland, amiable, innocuous.

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