(2003)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
There is no cynicism in Radio, no angle or edge. It's about what it's about, with an open, warm and fond nature. Every once in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and this is one of those times.
75
Charlotte Observer
What could have been an all-occasion Hallmark card turns out to be an emotionally genuine love letter to a young man who transformed the town of Anderson, S.C., in the 1970s.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A feel-good flick that doesn't make you feel too bad -- in this genre, that almost qualifies as a ringing endorsement.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Radio is assembled from small, hard stones of ignorance and intolerance paved over by large, mushy examples of community goodness.
50
There's no arguing that Cuba Gooding Jr. is trying to do right by the mentally disabled James Robert Kennedy.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Radio is almost as bad as it gets. That it isn't is thanks to Ed Harris, who brings depth and focus to his performance.
50
Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
The real Radio, and the real coach -- seen together in the movie's feel-good epilogue -- deserve better.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
The cast, which includes Alfre Woodard and Debra Winger, manages to give thoughtful performances that salvage the film's integrity.
30
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Gooding is out there in almost every scene, and the destruction of his once-promising career proceeds apace.
25
New York Daily News
What really makes the jaw drop is the presence of so many talented actors in what seems like traditional TV treacle. Saddest of all is Debra Winger, reduced to playing the wife-as-wallpaper role. For this she came back to Hollywood?

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