Radio (2003)




Critic Consensus: The story is heavy on syrupy uplift and turns Radio into a saint/cuddly pet.

Movie Info

James Robert Kennedy--nicknamed 'Radio' because of his vintage radio collection and his love of music--is a loner in Anderson, South Carolina, pushing his ever-present grocery cart up and down the streets. He speaks to no one and is rarely spoken to, until one day, Coach Harold Jones, one of the town's most respected men, and coach of the popular high school football team, befriends him. Radio is suspicious at first. But Coach Jones is persistent, even enlisting the help of Radio's mother. … More

Rating: PG (for mild language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Mike Rich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004
Box Office: $52.3M
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as Coach Jones

as Principal Daniels

as Honeycutt

as Mary Helen

as Irv the Cop

as Waitress

as School Receptionist

as Young Cop

as Cop No. 2

as Pastor Wickland

as Football Referee

as Hoop Referee

as Hanna Player

as Hoop Player

as Ron Wilborn

as Joyce Ann Yearwood

as Teacher

as Autograph Kid

as Linda's Friend

as Assistant Coach

as Woman in Stands

as Football Player

as Honeycutt's Squeeze

as Bus Driver

as Himself

as Football Referee
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Critic Reviews for Radio

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (37)

Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest.

Full Review… | October 28, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

[Y]et another movie that takes a mentally challenged character and turns him into this kind of deity, this saint-like mascot who everybody else learns life lessons from.

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Lesson of kindness permeates inspiring true story.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Despite the fine efforts of Harris and Gooding, Jr., Radio nearly drowns in James Horner's overbearingly sentimental music.

September 6, 2007
Christianity Today

Awful from start to finish.

Full Review… | January 11, 2006

The screenwriter seems obsessed with introducing dramatic conflict, which feels both strained and convenient.

Full Review… | April 18, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Radio


How they took a story that is inherently so moving and turned it into a jumbled, lifeless mess is beyond my comprehension. It's as if they let the real life Radio write and direct the film.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


Radio is yet another in a long list of feel good movies. But I believe that this is the best feel good movie since October Sky. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris deliver strong performances here. Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays Robert "Radio" Kennedy a young man with mental problems, and Ed Harris portrays Coach Jones, the coach of the local High School who befriends Radio after Jones's team terrorizes him. Radio At first doesn't open up, but after a while he warms up to Coach Jones. However this friendship is hard because of the obvious mental issues that Radio has. Radio is said to be a distraction by many of the parents, and teachers. However Coach Jones ignores this, and defies what some parents say, and he builds a strong friendship with Radio. The film has all the usual feel good traits of a feel good movie, and is the type of film that you can watch with the entire family and enjoy it for what it is. A very moving stoiry, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris performances are believable enough and the rest of the cast do a good job acting alongside Harris and Gooding Jr. Radio mixes elements of a feel good film with sports drama, and theres nothing here that you can't hate. The film is not perfect of course, I mean it's a film we've seen a hundred times before, but Radio is still a good enough film to provide you with two hours of good family entertainment. Radio is a powerful film about what it truly means to be human, and how some situations can bring out the best out of people. A well done film that is a must see, not the best ever made, but definitely a film to watch and make you feel good.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This is quite a powerful film.
Cuba Gooding Jr. turns in a brilliant performance as the mentally challenged loner James Robert Kennedy nicknamed "Radio" due to his vintage radio collection in which one is always in his hand playing music he loves, and gives a "score" to his lonely existence of pushing a grocery cart up and down the streets of a South Carolina town.
Ed Harris is brilliant as usual as the town's popular high school football team coach who takes an interest in Radio upon seeing him watching a practice session. His friendship and concern for Radio develops into something that means much more than football to the very well respected coach, Harold Jones.
Jones allows Radio to be part of the team's practices and games on the sidelines, and sit in on his classes in school which opens up a whole new world for James(Radio), and essentially gives him a life that he is in dire need of.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

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