(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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75
What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?
75
Chicago Tribune
The result is a feeling of quiet heroism--people doing things because it's right to do them, even if it's not easy.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
The drama gets stuck in a dispiritingly dull rut and fails to build toward what is supposed to be a something of a crowd-rousing triumph over adversity.
50
This otherwise amiable family film plods whenever the action returns to dry land.
50
While Madison is earnest and inoffensive, it offers no surprises, few fascinating characters and a hackneyed script.
50
If not for the race sequences and the intriguing presence of Caviezel, who made this film before "The Passion of the Christ" and who one hopes will take on even more roles befitting his peculiar sad-eyed charisma, the film would amount to a well-intentioned snooze.
50
The A.V. Club
Madison couldn't be more wholesome if they served it with a tall glass of fresh milk.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Director and co-writer William Bindley engages every move in the underdog playbook, including, but not limited to, the time the good citizens of Bedford Falls chipped in to make up George Bailey's shortfall in "It's a Wonderful Life."
40
Benefits from Caviezel's ability to project earnestness better than nearly any actor currently working, but its near-comic predictability, "What else could go wrong?" plotting and cliché-ridden screenplay sink it.
38
New York Post
By the time this corn festival is over, you'll be crying out for the relative toughness of the average Jimmy Stewart film.
25
New York Daily News
There isn't a scene, an action or a character that rings true, yet the narrative summary of the events that inspired it is a matter of record.

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