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76% Tomatometer 38 Reviews 54% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device -- which he thinks is a failure -- and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Even as its special effects take center stage, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids still offers a charming, high-spirited sense of adventure for the whole family.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Variety Staff Variety [It's] in the best tradition of Disney -- and even better than that, because it is not so juvenile that adults won't be thoroughly entertained. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Derek Adams Time Out Sterling entertainment... Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Caryn James New York Times An old-fashioned romp that conveys a sense of wonder simply by placing young actors next to fantastic oversized props. May 20, 2003 Full Review Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Casey Chong Casey's Movie Mania A kid-friendly version that pays homage to the 1957 sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man [with] the still-impressive special effects, thanks to Joe Johnston’s extensive VFX background in the original Star Wars trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Rated: 4/5 Jun 17, 2024 Full Review Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Bill Brownstein Montreal Gazette No matter what kind of consciousness-raising posture its makers may take, "Honey" is more a triumph of special effects than a social statement. Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 25, 2023 Full Review Honey, I Shrunk the Kids | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Very enjoyable to watch…a providential solution to taking the kids to the movie, without parental sacrifice. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 22, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Eye C An adventure film about kids exposing their lives, god I love the 80s. Goonies, Gremlins, Lost Boys and this one are a genre their self. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/24 Full Review Devlin E The movie lost me when the first hour hit. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/23/23 Full Review matthias s "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is a classic family comedy that still holds up today.The special effects, while dated, are charming and add to the film's nostalgia factor.Rick Moranis gives a standout performance as the bumbling inventor, Wayne Szalinski, who accidentally shrinks his own children and their friends. The kids are also likable and bring a sense of wonder to the film.However, the pacing of the film can be slow at times and the humor may not appeal to all audiences."Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is a fun and entertaining film that is worth a watch for fans of family comedies. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/09/23 Full Review William B amazing movie funny movie Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/10/23 Full Review Sarah Caroline B This 90s gem was a beloved family favorite back in the day, and a recent revisit confirmed why it's still a winner. With its blend of humor, wit, and lightheartedness, it's a timeless delight that continues to charm. What sets it apart, though, is its heartwarming message: it encourages kids to view backyard bugs as allies rather than targets for mischief. Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/18/23 Full Review Audience Member So much better that modern day CGI. Fast paced with good characters. Funny, sad and exciting. Almost a perfect adventure movie Rated 4.5/5 Stars • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Cast & Crew

Joe Johnston Director Rick Moranis Wayne Szalinski Matt Frewer Russell 'Russ' Thompson, Sr. (Big Russ Thompson) Marcia Strassman Diane Szalinski Kristine Sutherland Mae Thompson Thomas Wilson Brown Little Russell Thompson
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Synopsis When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device -- which he thinks is a failure -- and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants.

Director
Joe Johnston

Producer
Penney Finkelman Cox

Screenwriter
Ed Naha, Tom Schulman

Distributor
Buena Vista Pictures

Production Co
Walt Disney Pictures

Rating
PG

Genre
Kids & Family, Comedy

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 23, 1989, Original

Release Date (Streaming)
May 27, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA)
$130.2M

Runtime
1h 30m

Sound Mix
Surround, Stereo
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