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Because of Winn-Dixie
  • PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 2005
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Based on the perennial best seller, Because Of Winn-Dixie tells the story of a lonely young girl who adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie.
© 2004 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel.
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

If they let the dog go I think we'd have a better movie.

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey

An unhomogenized combination of formulaic family entertainment and cornpone Southern fable.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday

Fans of DiCamillo's book should be pleased with how Wang has faithfully preserved the novel's clea...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
A girl and a dog educate a small southern town.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that beneath the heartwarming, often funny, story of a young girl's relationship with a lovable mutt, Because of Winn-Dixie deals with some significant life experiences, (abandonment, alcoholism, death of a loved one, and the difficulties that come with major change in a child's life). The issues are treated sensitively and gently, without too much detail. Multiple positive messages are either clearly stated or subtly integrated into the story and character arcs. The few action sequences are either comic (dog pulling down policeman's trousers, falls, chases) or mildly suspenseful (flashback of a bear, the dog catching and releasing a mouse, and the dog fearfully reacting to thunderstorms). There is one use of "hell," and a couple of insults ("booger-eater," "retard"); someone steps in some messy dog poop.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama, Family
  • Release Date:February 18, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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