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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2002
Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.
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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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 25, 2002
It's not serious enough to be profound, and not ribald enough to be giddy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 24, 2002
While there are times when the film's reach exceeds its grasp, the production works more often than it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 21, 2002
Steers refreshingly clear of the usual cliches.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 21, 2002
Sharp, lively, funny and ultimately sobering film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 21, 2002
A charming reminder of the combustible mix of puberty and authority in the lives of 14-year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 21, 2002
If Dangerous Lives errs, it's in trying to do too much in 105 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2002
Foster and newcomer Hirsch are the best things in Dangerous Lives, a touching but odd mix of live action and animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2002
A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 21, 2002
Although fairly involving as far as it goes, the film doesn't end up having much that is fresh to say about growing up Catholic or, really, anything.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 21, 2002
A flawed but fascinating piece.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 21, 2002
[An] engrossing and imaginative coming-of-age film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 21, 2002
Recalls The Virgin Suicides, Ghost World and Waking Life. If it's not as good as those, it isn't for lack of heart or ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2002
No, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys does not exist in a state of perfect grace. However, its sins are forgivably venial, because its virtues are palpably human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2002
A depiction of the growing-up trip, this is an original, no-bull effort.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 20, 2002
The film takes us into the secret world of teenage boys as if first-time director Peter Care had been issued a special password.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 14, 2002
A sensitive and originally executed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 14, 2002
Undone by simply trying too hard.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 14, 2002
Director Peter Care and screenwriters Jeff Stockwell and Michael Petroni have retained much of the wry, teen-wise dialogue from the late Chris Fuhrman's cult-hit novel, while giving his story arc a fuller, more rounded shape.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
June 14, 2002
A quietly comic little gem.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2002
This bracingly truthful antidote to Hollywood teenage movies that slather Clearasil over the blemishes of youth captures the combustible mixture of a chafing inner loneliness and desperate grandiosity that tend to characterize puberty.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2002
There's a streak of prankishness in the boys that goes pretty far, yet so rich and engaging is this film and its people that we never lose sympathy for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
An overstuffed compendium of teen-Catholic-movie dogma.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 11, 2002
The gentle comic treatment of adolescent sturm und drang should please fans of Chris Fuhrman's posthumously published cult novel.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2002
First-time director Peter Care crafts something darkly funny and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
An uneven mix of dark satire and childhood awakening.