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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The special effects are all there, nicely in place, and the production values are sound, but the movie is dead in the water. It tells an amazing and preposterous story, and it seems bored by it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    In a weird way, what happens to the kids is what happens to the movie. The humans shrivel to crawling piffles or get deformed into caterwauling robots; the super-tall grass and the giant cookies and insects take over.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Caryn James

    The director, Joe Johnston, paces this adventure to suit the film's tone. It is swift and smooth, never wild or raucous.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The special effects are pretty special for the most part, and the movie seems only about 10 minutes too long. [23 June 1989, p.1D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the happiest surprise of this summer so far, a children's film from Walt Disney Productions that effortlessly renews the best tradition of that studio's live-action features.

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  • 80

    out of 100


    Pic [story by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha] is in the best tradition of Disney and even better than that because it is not so juvenile that adults won’t be thoroughly entertained.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Two-dimensional fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film discusses marital woes and depicts a neighbor belittling his son (pun intended). It also shows children fighting for survival in an immense, threatening yard.

  • Families can talk about the nerdy inventor character. Does this character seem familiar? What other movies can you think of that have a character like this? Why do we see so many stereotypes in movies? Does this bother you?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Between insects only (an ant and a scorpion).

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: This is part of the Honey... series, which includes movies, a TV series and a Disney ride.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue