Madison (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Madison (2005)



Critic Consensus: A pedictable and heavy-handed sports drama.

Movie Info

Based upon a true story, Madison is a father-son drama based on the highly publicized efforts in Madison, IN, during the hydroplane racing season of 1971. Jim McCormick (James Caviezel) has left behind his life of hydroplane boat racing to settle down and start a family and take a job as an air-conditioner repairman. Though he tries to embrace his new life, he still longs for his racing days, and the boat has become the town laughing stock. The town has also experienced harsh financial strain and the rich corporate sponsors of Jim's competitors have stolen the spotlight again and again. The town of Madison is suddenly asked to host the prestigious Gold Cup championship, and Jim cannot resist, though the town is far less supportive. Jim rallies the community for support in an attempt to bring the pride back to it, though his wife, Bonnie (Mary McCormack), is eager to move to the big city and out of the doldrums of Madison, and his son, Mike (Jake Lloyd), has become disillusioned with the idea of the boat races and watching the larger contenders win every time. But Jim stubbornly presses on and soon is permitted to play again with the big boys. The film also features veteran actors Bruce Dern, Brent Briscoe, and Paul Dooley.more
Rating: PG (for some mild language and sports peril)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Bindley, Scott Bindley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
Box Office: $0.5M


Jim Caviezel
as Jim McCormick
Bruce Dern
as Harry Volpi
Mary McCormack
as Bonnie McCormick
Jake Lloyd
as Mike McCormick
Paul Dooley
as Mayor Don Vaughn
Brent Briscoe
as Tony Steinhardt
Reed Diamond
as Skip Naughton
Frank Knapp Jr
as Bobby Humphrey
Chelcie Ross
as Roger Epperson
Byrne Piven
as George Wallin
William Shockley
as Rick Winston
Richard Lee Jackson
as Buddy Johnson
Kristina Anapau
as Tami Johnson
Vincent Ventresca
as Walker Greif
Cody McMains
as Bobby Epperson
Carl Amari
as Jake Merrill
Len Foley
as Bill Kittle
Dean Biasucci
as ABC Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Madison

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (21)

You've seen a movie that has the exact same scene after scene and the sport's just been different.

Full Review… | April 25, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A touching, spirited family movie that, in the Rocky tradition, is about a sports challenge that represents the hopes and aspirations of characters with little reason to expect success.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A stubbornly up-with-people schmaltzfest, it's the kind of corn that gives angst a good name.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Madison brings us the news that miracles really can happen, and an apparent case of divine intervention is the only reason this artifact is being dumped into theaters.

April 22, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

There isn't a scene, an action or a character that rings true, yet the narrative summary of the events that inspired it is a matter of record.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Madison

I grew up near Madison, Indiana, lived there briefly and spent a lot of time there - so this movie is kind of special to me for those reasons. Other than that it's not really very good.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Cliched but heartfelt film about a small town coming together to make a champion of the town and it's speedboat. Jim Caviezel gives a heartwarming performance as Jim McCormick the speedboat racer who overcomes his personal fear to lead his team and town to its first and only speedboat racing championship. Cliched at every turn yet Madison has enough heart to overlook all its shortcomings.


It tells what is probably the most compelling story the sport has ever produced: how the little river town of Madison, Indiana, came to host the 1971 APBA Gold Cup race and how driver Jim McCormick struggled to lead Madison's community-owned racing boat, the Miss Madison, into the race. But the movie largely focuses on the relationship between McCormick and his son, Mike (Jake Lloyd), who is about 10 years old. Some of the best scenes involve interaction between the two, who are portrayed as very likable small town people who are close. Mike is usually with his father and also often helps the Miss Madison team with menial tasks. The movie also does a very good job portraying Madison's love for hydroplane racing and working the classic underdog formula. In conclusion, "Madison" is a very entertaining family movie that has something for everyone to enjoy.

Danielle S

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