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Secondhand Lions

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Tim McCanlies

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About the Movie

Over one unpredictable Central Texas summer in the early 1960s, everything in the lives of a family of strangers is about to change forever. For 14-year-old Walter (Haley Joel Osment), his great uncles' farm in rural Texas is the last place on earth he wants to spend the summer. Eccentric and gruff Hub and Garth (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) are rumored to have been bank robbers, mafia hit men and/or war criminals in their younger days. But little by little, through stories spun against a backdrop of the dusty Texas night, an amazing tale comes to life via Walter's vivid, colorful imaginings--a tale set in a long-ago exotic, mysterious place where men rode stallions and fought with swords; where beautiful princesses tangled with treacherous sheiks; and where the two unlikely heroes lived an adventure of which most people only dream.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 133
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 54
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [A] schmaltz fest. – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 1, 2003

Rotten: This story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A gentle and sweet whimsy. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Secondhand Lions is not a great movie, but you'd have to be an old coot not to like it at least a bit. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Great Film

Funny, entertaining, & poignant. How often does that happen?

When your days here on earth are over, will people say you "Really Lived" Life? Or, if someone asked you who you are, could you give as definitive of answer as Hub does in the store?

Grab some popcorn, leave your academy awards thoughts for another time and be inspired while you laugh!

Great Movie!

Our family really enjoyed this movie. Neat story, good laughs, good ending.

I’m actually in this movie…. Solid film.

I really enjoyed playing the roll of the Sheiks Great Grandson (line- “the two men in my great grandfathers stories, they really lived?) this film with I was 7 years old, it was a solid experience that I will never forget. I always look back at this movie and think - how come family movies like this are rarely being made these days? I really think this movie has some deep meanings, and has a great sense of humor, with some action intermingled all throughout the movie. It was well made and has a solid cast that was very respectable to work alongside with. I highly recommend Secondhand Lions! … and buy the movie so I get those residual checks haha.