Madison Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 25, 2005
You've seen a movie that has the exact same scene after scene and the sport's just been different.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 21, 2005
The story may be based on true events, but there's no hint of honesty to the way situations play out.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 22, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 20, 2005
The music swells on cue with patriotic harmonies. And the head nods, narcotized by uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 21, 2005
That Madison would emerge from this thrilling chapter in its history as one of the biggest tourist towns in the Midwest is the film's one genuine surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 22, 2005
A stubbornly up-with-people schmaltzfest, it's the kind of corn that gives angst a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
April 26, 2005
Madison only reinforces stereotypes that 'old-fashioned' and 'small-town' mean 'good' while 'modern' and 'big city' mean 'bad.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 22, 2005
...the film's storyline follows an exceedingly familiar trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
April 20, 2005
only naïve adolescents with no prior film knowledge will stomach the pap
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 21, 2005
A truly inspiring story, but the filmmakers do it no favors ... [Still], you can't help but grin when those improbable thunderboats go full-tilt.
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
April 19, 2005
Peddles condescending hokum as heartland values.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 21, 2005
...unless your specific field of interest happens to be hydroplane boats in small towns, it's unlikely you'll be excited by Madison.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2005
Near-comic predictability, 'What else could go wrong?' plotting and cliche-ridden screenplay sink it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2005
It's so busy wallowing in the agony of defeat that it never gets around to conveying that tangible thrill of victory.
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
April 21, 2005
If not for the race sequences and the intriguing presence of Caviezel ... the film would amount to a well-intentioned snooze.
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Anita Gates
New York Times
April 21, 2005
Only moviegoers who care about nitrous-oxide injection systems or Madison itself are likely to appreciate it.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 21, 2005
Neither Madison the town nor Madison the movie ever feels fully inhabited.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2005
The sport deserves a much better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 22, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Hot Button
January 7, 2003
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April 21, 2005
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July 5, 2005
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