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Radio Reviews

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
November 30, 2015
Despite the fine efforts of Harris and Gooding, Jr., Radio nearly drowns in James Horner's overbearingly sentimental music.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Lesson of kindness permeates inspiring true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2006
Awful from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2004
The screenwriter seems obsessed with introducing dramatic conflict, which feels both strained and convenient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
Tune in for another formulaic feel-good story that will warm your heart and chill your mind.
January 15, 2004
Feigns compassion for the mentally challenged, but treats Radio as a pet, a toy, a prop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
November 30, 2003
As the principal says, "I'm not sure we're trying to help someone here, or whether you're using him as a glorified mascot." Exactly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
November 25, 2003
this puts Cuba back into the Oscar race again, he's charming and wonderful -- although he plays a slow guy, which is surefire Oscar fodder
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 17, 2003
This is the first time in 16 years I made additions to a movie review after I read other critics' reviews. I'm doing this not to change my stance, but to defend it.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 9, 2003
Underneath the sugary sweet external coating of Radio is a cynical and pandering piece of hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 4, 2003
Gooding is never allowed to play a three-dimensional character but rather ... human currency to be handed around whenever a character needs his or her consciousness raised.
| Original Score: 2/4
Leigh Johnson
November 4, 2003
Feel-good themes and fine performances from Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Ed Harris make Radio a nice pre-holiday film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 3, 2003
Like its title character, Radio broadcasts at a low, pleasant frequency.
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
October 30, 2003
Harris puts in a believable and focused performance.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 30, 2003
In his best role since Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. delivers a mannered performance performance where other actors have opted for tics and exaggerated shouting.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 29, 2003
It's a nice story, and it does feel good, but it's too formulaic and syrupy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 29, 2003
If this movie was a tree in Vermont, it'd have a tap driven into it and be sporting a bucket to catch the sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
October 28, 2003
A film many people may be tempted to laugh off as button pushing feel-good fluff. Before doing so, they might want to ask themselves just what it is they find so funny about a little peace, love and understanding.
| Original Score: 3/5
Alexis Mersel
Premiere Magazine
October 28, 2003
Radio features Gooding, Jr. in a performance more akin to Justin Bartha in Gigli than Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 28, 2003
Unlike most sports movies, it celebrates humanity and avoids clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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