Rudy Reviews

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.
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.
August 23, 2016
Underneath its rah-rah spirit, the PG-rated Rudy is straightforward enough to raise, albeit unintentionally, some troubling questions.
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.
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.
March 26, 2007
[A] well-crafted piece of middle-American uplift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is an affectionate movie, there are no real villains, no real heroes, just human difficulties and mundane triumphs.
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.
January 1, 2000
Astin gives these familiar doings the charm they need, as he pushes towards a virtually impossible goal.