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Radio Reviews

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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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 21, 2003
The sap rises as the music swells in this overly sentimental movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 23, 2003
Video may have killed the radio star, but a goofy script killed the Radio star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
October 23, 2003
Phony, pseudo-retro tale about a disabled boy and the football coach who reached out to him is thin, syrupy mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
May 14, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Eric D. Snider
October 23, 2003
This is a movie that cannot accurately be said to have failed because it doesn't seem to have tried anything. It only aims at getting Pavlovian responses from audiences too sleepy to realize they're being manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Orndorf
November 7, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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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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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 20, 2003
I don't cotton to having syrupy melodrama shoved down my throat, nor do I like it tied up in a stagy and innocuous package.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
October 23, 2003
So sodden with sticky sentimental syrup it's a wonder the film can make it through the projector without gumming up the works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 28, 2003
[GoodingÕs] bumbling performance... makes one wonder if we canÕt retract [his] Oscar...
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2003
A movie overloaded with noble signifiers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
October 23, 2003
Shameless inspirational pulp that does everything but hold a gun to your head to get you to stand up and cheer.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 23, 2003
The real Radio, and the real coach deserve better.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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