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Rudy Reviews

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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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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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
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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.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Indiana has been very good to director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Astin gives these familiar doings the charm they need, as he pushes towards a virtually impossible goal.