Rudy Reviews

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September 21, 2005
Shamelessly manipulative, but who cares when it's so damn uplifting?
March 31, 2005
An uplifting and inspiring battle-against-the-odds movie
September 19, 2004
seriously heartwarming
June 30, 2004
Perhaps the greatest sports movie in film history.
January 5, 2004
December 2, 2003
Sentiment trumps politics.
October 10, 2003
August 22, 2003
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.
March 4, 2003
Tired "against all odds" picture.
October 29, 2002
Terrific-but-manipulative drama about the power of following one's dreams.
September 13, 2002
A magical film.
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.
July 26, 2002
July 25, 2002
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
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.
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