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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2002
It tries too hard, and overreaches the logic of its own world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 25, 2002
I thought the young actors were strong, but the material is too thin and too cliched, even with Todd McFarlane's animated sequences to stretch the story to feature length.
Jeremy Heilman
June 16, 2002
While it's true that there's little about Altar Boys that's inept, there's even less about it that's genuinely interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 21, 2002
Built for nothing but the laziest Saturday afternoons, Altar Boys is zipless enough to seem to receive its narrative rhythms and emotional energy intravenously.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2002
Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.
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
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Too dark for teens; too far into the comic vision for adults.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 13, 2002
Give Care and McFarlane points for trying to do something innovative with the same old thing. But realize that, as spruced up as the facade may be, this movie is indeed still the same old thing.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 12, 2002
The story is set at a Catholic high school, in which -- Yes, you guessed it! -- the nuns cruelly harass and embarrass the students. How's that for an original movie idea?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
An uneven mix of dark satire and childhood awakening.
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
May 25, 2002
Though certainly original in form, Altar Boys requires a taste for Swamp Thing-type animation, doubled with a deafening score.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
An overstuffed compendium of teen-Catholic-movie dogma.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jackie Potts
June 14, 2002
Too dark for kids but too juvenile for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Stephanie Zacharek
June 14, 2002
Undone by simply trying too hard.
Greg Muskewitz
June 16, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2002
Care deftly captures the wonder and menace of growing up, but he never really embraces the joy of Fuhrman's destructive escapism or the grace-in-rebellion found by his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Tatara
June 21, 2002
For a movie that's so full of anger and confusion, there sure aren't many memorable clashes, aside from the ones that take place in the kids' imaginations.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 21, 2002
A flawed but fascinating piece.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2002
A soggy coming-of-age drama, one loaded with a single fresh conceit and plenty of tired, wheezing ones.
| Original Score: 2/4
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