Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Synopsis
An inventor's (Rick Moranis) ray gun makes his and his neighbor's (Matt Frewer) kids pea-size.
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Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Director Joe Johnston, a veteran of Industrial Light and Magic, brings a wry Rube Goldberg approach to his first-ever feature. The sets are...
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80

Variety

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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...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By 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...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The cheery result is enough to renew one's faith in Uncle Walt and the boys - a family picture that transcends the cliche, a light-bright...
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75

USA Today

By 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]
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70

The New York Times

By 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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70

Tampa Bay Times

By Hal Lipper
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids pulls some familiar plot - and emotional strings. It's a tad too predictable. But it's resourceful and...
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50

Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
The movie is sweet and reflects Disney's usual care, but there's nothing in it to match that title. [23 June 1989, p.H11]
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By 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...
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Good leave-your-head-at-the-door movie.

By animation_nation
It had ambitious effects for the the late 80's, and pretty good acting by Rick Moranis, but the writing was horrible. They had one to many follow ups, and should've stopped after this. However, an...

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Silly but occasionally scary '80s movie has lots of peril.
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