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Rudy Reviews

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July 20, 2003
A salute to a pint-sized football player with heart
May 20, 2003
For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy.
March 23, 2003
One of those inspirational films that you can't help but like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 4, 2003
Tired "against all odds" picture.
| Original Score: 1/5
October 29, 2002
Terrific-but-manipulative drama about the power of following one's dreams.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2002
A magical film.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2002
A tedious and simplistic celebration of the virtues of determination, Rudy is a film that prostrates itself before the carefully cultivated and shrewdly marketed myths surrounding Notre Dame football.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2002
No matter how hardhearted you plan on being while viewing this determinedly inspirational, based-on-a-true-story corn, damned if Rudy doesn't end up not just pulling at your heartstrings.
May 12, 2001
It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.
January 1, 2000
The cheers in the audience at the end were genuine, which is testimony to the likability (although not necessarily the quality) of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. And the last big scene is an emotional powerhouse, just the way it's supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film is so uplifting, I felt like calling up Lou Holtz for brunch.
January 1, 2000
Indiana has been very good to director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo.
January 1, 2000
Astin gives these familiar doings the charm they need, as he pushes towards a virtually impossible goal.
January 1, 2000
This is an affectionate movie, there are no real villains, no real heroes, just human difficulties and mundane triumphs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
An inspirational, upbeat parable about the tenacity of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
It's a moderately entertaining film, with a message and content appropriate for the whole family. What it lacks is focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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