It is done with such sincerity and good feeling that I found myself far more interested in the proceedings that I could have possibly expected.
| Original Score: 3/5
Unembarrassed with its rah-rah populism, the movie is definitely anti-cynicism, and often quite enjoyable in its sincerity.
A touching, spirited family movie that, in the Rocky tradition, is about a sports challenge that represents the hopes and aspirations of characters with little reason to expect success.
Direct, folksy, more than a bit boosterish, the movie pulls you along to the wow finish.
What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?
| Original Score: 3/4
Hilarious, thrilling, toon-like martial arts flick that's an absolute joy to watch.
| Original Score: A-
Caviezel and McCormack manage to portray the stress-filled lives of the McCormicks with a low-key intensity that underscores the couples' frustrations and anxieties.
An old-fashioned tale about the real life struggle of a small Indiana community to come alive again.
It succeeds. Recalling a sweeter era in filmmaking, Madison is a movie you can watch with your grandmother.
...the film's storyline follows an exceedingly familiar trajectory.
| Original Score: 2/4
As the clichés mount up, it's easy to see why the film has been waiting for a release since 2001.
Madison only reinforces stereotypes that 'old-fashioned' and 'small-town' mean 'good' while 'modern' and 'big city' mean 'bad.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
You've seen a movie that has the exact same scene after scene and the sport's just been different.
Even though it's based on a true story, writer-director William Bindley and his cowriting brother, Scott, manage to squeeze just about every sports-movie cliché ever invented into this tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A stubbornly up-with-people schmaltzfest, it's the kind of corn that gives angst a good name.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There isn't a scene, an action or a character that rings true, yet the narrative summary of the events that inspired it is a matter of record.
| Original Score: 1/4
Madison brings us the news that miracles really can happen, and an apparent case of divine intervention is the only reason this artifact is being dumped into theaters.
This one's a little soggy.
| Original Score: C-
Near-comic predictability, 'What else could go wrong?' plotting and cliche-ridden screenplay sink it.
| Original Score: 2/5
The sport deserves a much better movie.
| Original Score: C