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Madison Reviews

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Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 25, 2005
It is done with such sincerity and good feeling that I found myself far more interested in the proceedings that I could have possibly expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com
April 22, 2005
Unembarrassed with its rah-rah populism, the movie is definitely anti-cynicism, and often quite enjoyable in its sincerity.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 22, 2005
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.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 22, 2005
Direct, folksy, more than a bit boosterish, the movie pulls you along to the wow finish.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 21, 2005
What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 21, 2005
Hilarious, thrilling, toon-like martial arts flick that's an absolute joy to watch.
| Original Score: A-
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
April 21, 2005
Caviezel and McCormack manage to portray the stress-filled lives of the McCormicks with a low-key intensity that underscores the couples' frustrations and anxieties.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 21, 2005
An old-fashioned tale about the real life struggle of a small Indiana community to come alive again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 20, 2002
It succeeds. Recalling a sweeter era in filmmaking, Madison is a movie you can watch with your grandmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 22, 2005
...the film's storyline follows an exceedingly familiar trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 29, 2005
As the clichés mount up, it's easy to see why the film has been waiting for a release since 2001.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
April 26, 2005
Madison only reinforces stereotypes that 'old-fashioned' and 'small-town' mean 'good' while 'modern' and 'big city' mean 'bad.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 25, 2005
You've seen a movie that has the exact same scene after scene and the sport's just been different.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 22, 2005
Even though it's based on a true story, writer-director William Bindley and his cowriting brother, Scott, manage to squeeze just about every sports-movie cliché ever invented into this tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 22, 2005
A stubbornly up-with-people schmaltzfest, it's the kind of corn that gives angst a good name.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 22, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
April 22, 2005
This one's a little soggy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2005
Near-comic predictability, 'What else could go wrong?' plotting and cliche-ridden screenplay sink it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2005
The sport deserves a much better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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