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Radio Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

As the principal says, "I'm not sure we're trying to help someone here, or whether you're using him as a glorified mascot." Exactly.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

November 30, 2003
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The sap rises as the music swells in this overly sentimental movie.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Video may have killed the radio star, but a goofy script killed the Radio star.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2003
James Rocchi

Phony, pseudo-retro tale about a disabled boy and the football coach who reached out to him is thin, syrupy mush.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

October 23, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[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 Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 27, 2003
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 4/10

May 14, 2004
Eric D. Snider

This is a movie that cannot accurately be said to have failed because it doesn't seem to have tried anything. It only aims at getting Pavlovian responses from audiences too sleepy to realize they're being manipulated.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

October 23, 2003
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

November 7, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Rarely have good intentions been wrapped in such a sticky package.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

October 24, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The contrived secondary characters, like the local villain who hopes to run Radio out of town, and yet another overblown score by James Horner keep it from truly succeeding.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Radio is just another typical offering of formulaic family fare that screams virtuosity when in reality it whispers sappy platitudes...drippy and predictably soupy

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

It's bad enough that the film's unimaginative narrative can barely hold our attention, but we have the added distraction of seeing the estimable Harris, Winger and Woodard frittering away their talents playing banal, cardboard characters.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

I don't cotton to having syrupy melodrama shoved down my throat, nor do I like it tied up in a stagy and innocuous package.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

October 20, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

So sodden with sticky sentimental syrup it's a wonder the film can make it through the projector without gumming up the works.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[GoodingÕs] bumbling performance... makes one wonder if we canÕt retract [his] Oscar...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 28, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 18, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A movie overloaded with noble signifiers.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 22, 2003
Jan Stuart
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Shameless inspirational pulp that does everything but hold a gun to your head to get you to stand up and cheer.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 23, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The real Radio, and the real coach deserve better.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Robert Koehler
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April 16, 2009
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
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November 2, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
October 24, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 24, 2003

Boston Phoenix
October 26, 2003
February 7, 2004
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