Madison Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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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.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 22, 2005
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.
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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
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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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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 21, 2005
What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Justin Chang
Variety
April 21, 2005
Neither Madison the town nor Madison the movie ever feels fully inhabited.
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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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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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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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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 21, 2005
Hilarious, thrilling, toon-like martial arts flick that's an absolute joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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AV Club
April 21, 2005
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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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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
April 19, 2005
Peddles condescending hokum as heartland values.
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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.