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Rudy (1993)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 6

Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.



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A young man learns to let nothing stop him from realizing his ambitions in this drama, based on a true story. Ever since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) has dreamed of attending Notre Dame University, and playing on the Fighting Irish football team. However, Rudy's dream doesn't seem very practical; Daniel (Ned Beatty), his father, works in a steel mill and can ill afford to send his son to Notre Dame, while Rudy's grades are not especially impressive, and standing a shade over


Drama, Kids & Family

Aug 28, 2001

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (6) | DVD (11)

[A] well-crafted piece of middle-American uplift.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Directed with composure, but no great fervour, the film's conspicuously uninterested in American football, and much concerned with testing the limits and the resilience of the American dream.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
Time Out
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For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. And the last big scene is an emotional powerhouse, just the way it's supposed to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is so uplifting, I felt like calling up Lou Holtz for brunch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
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Well acted but overly familiar and sentimental sports tale of the underdog

August 9, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

continues to make life seem a little better

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Inspiring sports film about a real life underdog.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story, Rudy earns its irresistable inspirational movie for all ages. [Blu-ray]

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Sean Astin is utterly winning...

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movieline

An inconsequential, if moving, contribution to the sports-movie genre.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Shamelessly manipulative, but who cares when it's so damn uplifting?

September 21, 2005

An uplifting and inspiring battle-against-the-odds movie

March 31, 2005

seriously heartwarming

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Perhaps the greatest sports movie in film history.

June 30, 2004
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Sentiment trumps politics.

December 2, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A salute to a pint-sized football player with heart

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One of those inspirational films that you can't help but like.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Tired "against all odds" picture.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Terrific-but-manipulative drama about the power of following one's dreams.

October 29, 2002

A magical film.

September 13, 2002

Audience Reviews for Rudy

Rudy is a well made and acted true story about Rudy Ruettiger a down on his luck student who dreams about going to Notre Dame University and playing for the Universities football team, The Fighting Irish. Unfortunately the odds are against him, and there's nothing but bad luck for Rudy. But he perseveres to make his dreams a reality. Rudy is a well made film, but I saw so many films that followed the same path, that when I finally got around to watching Rudy, it seemed clichéd almost. However, what separates this film from the rest of real life "feel good movies" is that it surrounds a kid who beat all odds to attend Notre Dame, and there was some great acting here to boot. If you've seen some "feel good inspiring films" before, then you've seen Rudy, but for what it is, I felt that this story was better written and better told on screen than other films of this caliber. That's the difference from most "feel good" films. Sean Astin gives a terrific performance, and this one of his best roles. In Lord of the Rings, he was terrific, but slightly annoying. However in Rudy, Astin delivers a great, memorable performance. Rudy is a terrific film and though it's a "feel good" film, it manages to actually make you feel, despite its small imperfections. This is a terrific film about not giving up, and watching Rudy not let anything stand in his way is memorable.
August 27, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Rudy is about a guy who wanted to play football for the Notre Dame football team. When growing up people said that he does not have want it takes to get into Notre dame. One day he decides that he would not let people push him around any more. Then he begins on a hard journey to make his dream some true. Will he make his dream come true or will he fail big time.
Good acting and plot.
Really moving film.
Based on a true story.
If u wants a good drama you should give this a try.
July 1, 2011
erika bruhns

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A cheesy feel good movie about a guy who later acts like a dick to local towns folk for his accomplishments made in the movie.
July 19, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Pete: Well, you know what my dad always said, 'having dreams is what makes life tolerable.'
    – Submitted by Roberto P (2 years ago)
    1. Rudy Ruettiger: We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men?
    – Submitted by Roberto P (2 years ago)
    1. Fortune: You're 5 foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football players in the land for 2 years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself. And after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen. Now go on back.
    – Submitted by Roberto P (2 years ago)
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