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Milton's Secret

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Canada
·
2016

Rated PG · 1h 28m

Director Barnet Bain
Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Mia Kirshner, Donald Sutherland, David Sutcliffe

Genre Drama, Family

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11 year-old Milton Adams is growing up in an uncertain world. With his parents constantly stressing about their careers and finances, and the neighborhood bully tormenting him, Milton feels his whole world is in crisis. But when his Grandpa Howard comes to visit, he discovers anxiety about the past and worrying about the future only make things worse and prevent him from finding true happiness moment to moment.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by

Based on the picture book co-authored by Power of Now superstar Eckhart Tolle, Milton’s Secret carries a powerful and important message, but the film feels ham-fisted, clichéd and overearnest at times, especially for adult viewers.
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Variety by Geoff Berkshire

Even a prickly pro like Sutherland can’t do anything to elevate a hokey self-help lecture disguised as family entertainment.
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The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

The cinematic version of this children’s book retains an air of wonder steeped in simple resonate clichés for younger viewers enduring the same hardships as Milton Adams.
38

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Movies like this grate largely because of their test tube “solutions” to real world problems as old as the species.