The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Reviews

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August 7, 2008
December 6, 2005
May 13, 2005
November 12, 2004
Devious, delinquent, and diverting.
January 12, 2004
A fairly formulaic '70s-set coming-of-age tale that's ultimately distinguished by the passion of its makers and players.
January 10, 2003
December 8, 2002
Ultimately feels empty and unsatisfying, like swallowing a Communion wafer without the wine.
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.
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.
November 3, 2002
Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment
October 21, 2002
Worth seeing (at least the first 90 minutes) for Hirsch, Malone and Culkin.
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...'
September 18, 2002
September 1, 2002
... a lingering, haunting sensibility that shades characters with ambiguous grays compels us to consider forgiving even the most evil characters
August 19, 2002
A...cynical and serious look at teenage boys doing what they do best - being teenagers.
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.
August 1, 2002
Cannot summarize - wonderful story, presentation, and performances. Please read review.
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.
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.
July 15, 2002
Offers laughs and insight into one of the toughest ages a kid can go through.
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