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Radio Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 16, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Ed Park
Village Voice
October 28, 2003
Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2003
It's still a tear-jerker, but it doesn't make you feel like a jerk for tearing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
October 24, 2003
The game plan is Inspiration or Death.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 24, 2003
Trailers make it seem as though Radio is all about football, but it's not, and once the film leaves the fall sport behind it wanders around in no particular direction until it reaches an abrupt, poorly executed ending.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 24, 2003
I'm happy to report Radio is tolerable. Better than tolerable, in fact, but not much better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 24, 2003
Every once in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and this is one of those times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 24, 2003
After some student and parental resistance, a medley of obvious platitudes and great bathos washes over the place, and everybody is righteously lifted up where they belong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 24, 2003
A lot better than the Muzak it threatens to be, but, ultimately, not good enough to keep our itchy fingers off the dial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 24, 2003
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 24, 2003
Of course I should know better, but the movie had me blubbering from its first down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 24, 2003
Please, Hollywood, no more inspiration, particularly if it feels about as authentic as canned laughter.
| Original Score: C
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 24, 2003
A lot of whitewash is poured over a subject solely to wring emotion from the hapless viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 24, 2003
The result is just as the filmmakers hoped. You'd have to hold a stubborn defensive line not to be moved by this film's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 23, 2003
It's hard to say what's more offensive about the out-of-tune Radio -- Cuba Gooding Jr. trying to ingratiate himself by mugging up a storm as a mentally challenged man, or the mawkish narrative surrounding him like so much syrup.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 23, 2003
A synthetic mush of molasses-soaked pablum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2003
With his goofy sweetness, docile uncertainty and indestructible determination to succeed, I found Mr. Gooding as unique and inspiring as Radio himself.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2003
Rich has brought considerable depth to the roles he has created, which in turn allows Tollin to support Gooding's and Harris' fine portrayals with an array of performances of equally high caliber from a carefully selected cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 23, 2003
Long on heart but short on surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 23, 2003
For some, the fine performances, combined with upbeat themes, will make Radio worth watching. But as a film, Radio manipulates more than it illuminates.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 23, 2003
Gary Smith wrote about Radio in Sports Illustrated. Now Hollywood is up with Mike Rich doing the script and Ed Harris as a composite coach trying to keep the tear-jerking below flood level. They fail.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 23, 2003
The real Radio, and the real coach deserve better.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 23, 2003
Shameless inspirational pulp that does everything but hold a gun to your head to get you to stand up and cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 23, 2003
Earnest to a fault, Radio tries so hard to be a feel-good movie, you might wind up feeling bad that you don't like it more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2003
It's To Kill a Mockingbird by way of Remember the Titans, with all the subtlety you'd expect from director Mike Tollin.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
October 23, 2003
Inoffensive family fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 23, 2003
Syrupy feel-good movie just doesn't ring true, despite Gooding's quietly dignified performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2003
The cast ... manages to give thoughtful performances that salvage the film's integrity.