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Radio Reviews

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Ed Park
Village Voice
October 28, 2003
Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 28, 2003
[GoodingÕs] bumbling performance... makes one wonder if we canÕt retract [his] Oscar...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 27, 2003
...there's nothing about Radio's life (the film is based on an actual person) that seems to warrant a full-length movie being made about him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 27, 2003
[Y]et another movie that takes a mentally challenged character and turns him into this kind of deity, this saint-like mascot who everybody else learns life lessons from.
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald
October 27, 2003
...a stellar work of poignant cinema.
| Original Score: B+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
October 26, 2003
In spite of the ample filler footage showing Hanna High's prowess on the football field and basketball court, this Radio will not have great reception. It is so soft around the edges, it just rolls out of bounds beyond interest or credibility.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 26, 2003
Radio is just another typical offering of formulaic family fare that screams virtuosity when in reality it whispers sappy platitudes...drippy and predictably soupy
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2003
The contrived secondary characters, like the local villain who hopes to run Radio out of town, and yet another overblown score by James Horner keep it from truly succeeding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
Gooding once again embarrasses himself in public with a performance that knows no shame, a habit he's getting frighteningly at ease with these days.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
A train wreck of a film lying inert where the tracks of the Feel Good Line cross the Path of Good Intentions.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 24, 2003
Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2003
The heavy-handed score by notoriously heavy-handed James Horner is often the only indication that there's supposed to be a point to this showcase for Gooding's relentlessly adorable mugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 24, 2003
Rarely have good intentions been wrapped in such a sticky package.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 24, 2003
We live in a winner-take-all culture, and Radio suggests there are more important things in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 24, 2003
It's really Harris' movie, and he brings to it just the right blend of engaging affability, gruff strength of character and transcendent nobility of spirit to make it a genuinely enriching experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2003
Cuba Gooding Jr. falls victim to the Nell syndrome, in which a vibrant, loquacious actor decides that the road to an Oscar nomination is to wear a slack expression and a set of Nutty Professor teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 24, 2003
It's bad enough that the film's unimaginative narrative can barely hold our attention, but we have the added distraction of seeing the estimable Harris, Winger and Woodard frittering away their talents playing banal, cardboard characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 24, 2003
The subtlety that's missing from the filmmaking can still be found in the honest, affecting portrayals by both Harris and Gooding.
| Original Score: 6/10
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
October 24, 2003
Radio isn't as bad as one might imagine, but it's not good, either. It's... okay.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
October 24, 2003
Common sense and good taste go out the window as Gooding hams it up through one nauseating scene of uplift after another.
| Original Score: 2/5
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