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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 20, 2005
Esforça-se ao máximo para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, mas, com exceção da performance cativante de Culkin, o filme empalidece diante de tantos outros do gênero.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
November 12, 2004
Devious, delinquent, and diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2004
A fairly formulaic '70s-set coming-of-age tale that's ultimately distinguished by the passion of its makers and players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 19, 2003
The only bright spot in the whole movie is Vincent D'Onofrio's performance as a priest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Ultimately feels empty and unsatisfying, like swallowing a Communion wafer without the wine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 28, 2002
Best suited for those who can recall their stifling and intense Catholic School education from back in the day, Altar Boys is certainly a worthwhile way to spend 90-some minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 12, 2002
I did not care much for the last part of the film, but the three-quarters of it is good enough that I'm recommending it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
November 3, 2002
Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 26, 2002
often successful in capturing the turbulent emotions of the early teen years... not nearly as convincing when it attempts to create a believable environment or forge a dramatic path.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Worth seeing (at least the first 90 minutes) for Hirsch, Malone and Culkin.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Aged cliches and gimmicks vie with fresh ideas for supremacy in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys; the outcome at best is a draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 4, 2002
'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys manages to capture that impossible time when idealism clashes with reality and religion, wrapped inside a delicious nostalgia...'
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 1, 2002
... a lingering, haunting sensibility that shades characters with ambiguous grays compels us to consider forgiving even the most evil characters
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 19, 2002
A...cynical and serious look at teenage boys doing what they do best - being teenagers.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 18, 2002
The film does a good job bringing out the fragile and sensitive sides to teens who are searching for answers adults can't give them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Too dark for teens; too far into the comic vision for adults.
August 1, 2002
Cannot summarize - wonderful story, presentation, and performances. Please read review.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 29, 2002
The film's gamble to occasionally break up the live-action scenes with animated sequences pays off, as does its sensitive handling of some delicate subject matter.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
July 24, 2002
Hirsch... may one day realize the insouciant duality of River Pheonix's hope and fatalism that helped identify [him] with his generation of popular culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
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