• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Peter Care
    In Theaters:
    Jun 14, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 5, 2002
  • ThinkFilm


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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2012
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Esforça-se ao máximo para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, mas, com exceção da performance cativante de Culkin, o filme empalidece diante de tantos outros do gênero.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2005
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Devious, delinquent, and diverting.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 12, 2004
Michael Dequina

A fairly formulaic '70s-set coming-of-age tale that's ultimately distinguished by the passion of its makers and players.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The only bright spot in the whole movie is Vincent D'Onofrio's performance as a priest.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

April 19, 2003
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Ultimately feels empty and unsatisfying, like swallowing a Communion wafer without the wine.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Best suited for those who can recall their stifling and intense Catholic School education from back in the day, Altar Boys is certainly a worthwhile way to spend 90-some minutes.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 4/5

November 28, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

I did not care much for the last part of the film, but the three-quarters of it is good enough that I'm recommending it.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

November 12, 2002
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine

November 3, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

often successful in capturing the turbulent emotions of the early teen years... not nearly as convincing when it attempts to create a believable environment or forge a dramatic path.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

October 26, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Worth seeing (at least the first 90 minutes) for Hirsch, Malone and Culkin.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Aged cliches and gimmicks vie with fresh ideas for supremacy in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys; the outcome at best is a draw.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys manages to capture that impossible time when idealism clashes with reality and religion, wrapped inside a delicious nostalgia...'

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 4/5

October 4, 2002
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

... a lingering, haunting sensibility that shades characters with ambiguous grays compels us to consider forgiving even the most evil characters

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

September 1, 2002
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

A...cynical and serious look at teenage boys doing what they do best - being teenagers.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

August 19, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film does a good job bringing out the fragile and sensitive sides to teens who are searching for answers adults can't give them.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

August 18, 2002
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Too dark for teens; too far into the comic vision for adults.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002

Cannot summarize - wonderful story, presentation, and performances. Please read review.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2002
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The film's gamble to occasionally break up the live-action scenes with animated sequences pays off, as does its sensitive handling of some delicate subject matter.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2002
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

Hirsch... may one day realize the insouciant duality of River Pheonix's hope and fatalism that helped identify [him] with his generation of popular culture.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

July 24, 2002
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