Conclusion: Secondhand Lions doesn't reinvent the genre wheel or rely on refined subtleties to leave its mark. McCanlies' debut is little more than a harmless family adventure, albeit one that distinguishes itself with the performances of two, wonderfully talented industry veterans.
Excerpt: Secondhand Lions is a positive movie with some important things to say both about growing up and growing old. It's also a story about finding something to put faith in, whether it be true or not. "If you want to believe something, then BELIEVE in it!
Conclusion: As sweetly sentimental as a Werther's Original advert, Secondhand Lions could have been strangled by its own warmth and fuzziness were it not for three skilled performances from Duvall, Caine and Osment.