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Rudy Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 23, 2016
Corny and manipulative as it is, Rudy is a movie that makes you want to cheer -- if not for the real-life Rudy Ruettiger's public relations triumph, at least for the mythical Rudy's brave pursuit of an All-American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2016
Anspaugh, whose Hoosiers showed he knows from feel-good movies, directs this story as if he were conducting Bolero, carefully building climax upon climax as the story spirals to an underdog triumph every bit as tearful as that of Rocky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
August 23, 2016
At times it is both overly sentimental and unintentionally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 23, 2016
The film is so effective because Rudy is never seen as mock-heroic, and he's never lifted toward unrealistic achievement. He simply does the very best he can.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2016
Underneath its rah-rah spirit, the PG-rated Rudy is straightforward enough to raise, albeit unintentionally, some troubling questions.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
February 18, 2012
Ideally, this movie should be seen as a double feature with Knute Rockne, All-American, that other great movie about Notre Dame football.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 9, 2011
Well acted but overly familiar and sentimental sports tale of the underdog
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 24, 2011
continues to make life seem a little better
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Inspiring sports film about a real life underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
Rudy is one of those beating-the-odds tales that no one does better than Hollywood. A film that hits all the right emotional buttons, it's an intelligent, sentimental drama that lifts an audience to its feet cheering.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 28, 2008
With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story, Rudy earns its sentiment...an irresistable inspirational movie for all ages. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Farber
Movieline
May 29, 2008
Sean Astin is utterly winning...

TV Guide
March 26, 2007
An inconsequential, if moving, contribution to the sports-movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
[A] well-crafted piece of middle-American uplift.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Directed with composure, but no great fervour, the film's conspicuously uninterested in American football, and much concerned with testing the limits and the resilience of the American dream.
Gabe Leibowitz
eCinemaCenter.com
September 21, 2005
Shamelessly manipulative, but who cares when it's so damn uplifting?
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 31, 2005
An uplifting and inspiring battle-against-the-odds movie
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
seriously heartwarming
| Original Score: 3/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
June 30, 2004
Perhaps the greatest sports movie in film history.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Leonard
PopMatters
December 2, 2003
Sentiment trumps politics.
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