Dustin Hoffman. Natalie Portman, and Jason "Arrested Development" Bateman. Plus, the next big child star, Zach Mills--of whom we will all be seeing a lot. How can you go wrong? You can't. This film is sweet without being cloying, and has positive messages about life, death and self-confidence. You don't have to have a child to go see it--it is plenty good enough to rank as a first-rate adult film. Visually sumptuous (a very long section of visual effects credits). What is it with CGI movies and over-the-top final scenes (see Enchanted review, also this week). Guys, it's OK to leave some unspent money in the special effects budget!
4 stars out of 5