It tries too hard, and overreaches the logic of its own world.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I thought the young actors were strong, but the material is too thin and too cliched, even with Todd McFarlane's animated sequences to stretch the story to feature length.
While it's true that there's little about Altar Boys that's inept, there's even less about it that's genuinely interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
Built for nothing but the laziest Saturday afternoons, Altar Boys is zipless enough to seem to receive its narrative rhythms and emotional energy intravenously.
Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.
The only bright spot in the whole movie is Vincent D'Onofrio's performance as a priest.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too dark for teens; too far into the comic vision for adults.
Give Care and McFarlane points for trying to do something innovative with the same old thing. But realize that, as spruced up as the facade may be, this movie is indeed still the same old thing.
The story is set at a Catholic high school, in which -- Yes, you guessed it! -- the nuns cruelly harass and embarrass the students. How's that for an original movie idea?
An uneven mix of dark satire and childhood awakening.
Though certainly original in form, Altar Boys requires a taste for Swamp Thing-type animation, doubled with a deafening score.
An overstuffed compendium of teen-Catholic-movie dogma.
| Original Score: C+
Too dark for kids but too juvenile for adults.
| Original Score: 2/10
Undone by simply trying too hard.
| Original Score: 2/5
Care deftly captures the wonder and menace of growing up, but he never really embraces the joy of Fuhrman's destructive escapism or the grace-in-rebellion found by his characters.
For a movie that's so full of anger and confusion, there sure aren't many memorable clashes, aside from the ones that take place in the kids' imaginations.
A flawed but fascinating piece.
A soggy coming-of-age drama, one loaded with a single fresh conceit and plenty of tired, wheezing ones.