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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Apollo Guide
May 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
November 12, 2004
Devious, delinquent, and diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2004
A fairly formulaic '70s-set coming-of-age tale that's ultimately distinguished by the passion of its makers and players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: A
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Ultimately feels empty and unsatisfying, like swallowing a Communion wafer without the wine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 28, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: C+
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
November 3, 2002
Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Worth seeing (at least the first 90 minutes) for Hirsch, Malone and Culkin.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 4, 2002
'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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 1, 2002
... a lingering, haunting sensibility that shades characters with ambiguous grays compels us to consider forgiving even the most evil characters
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 19, 2002
A...cynical and serious look at teenage boys doing what they do best - being teenagers.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: B
August 1, 2002
Cannot summarize - wonderful story, presentation, and performances. Please read review.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 29, 2002
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
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
July 24, 2002
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 | Original Score: 75/100

FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 12, 2002
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Chris Robi
PopMatters
July 25, 2002

Orlando Weekly
June 27, 2002
Katrina Onstad
National Post
June 22, 2002

Boston Phoenix
June 22, 2002
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2002
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