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Rudy Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Geoff Andrew
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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Tired "against all odds" picture.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Norman Chad
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The film is so uplifting, I felt like calling up Lou Holtz for brunch.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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

TV Guide
March 26, 2007
An inconsequential, if moving, contribution to the sports-movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 31, 2005
An uplifting and inspiring battle-against-the-odds movie
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2003
A salute to a pint-sized football player with heart
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
seriously heartwarming
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Astin gives these familiar doings the charm they need, as he pushes towards a virtually impossible goal.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
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