Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    38
    Both Harris and Gooding, Jr. are fine actors trapped in a mawkish, pandering production that wastes the latter and is a waste of time for the former.
  2. You don’t have to be a cynic to find Radio naive for suggesting that high school is a good place for emotionally fragile misfits, that racism is not a problem, that caring for someone is all it takes.
  3. 30
    Anyone who already knows better than to taunt the disabled, or former Oscar winners, should probably give it a pass.
  4. Mr. Gooding is out there in almost every scene, and the destruction of his once-promising career proceeds apace.
  5. Beyond mawkish, Radio would be harmless twaddle were it not for the offensive depiction of its hero, the real-life James Robert Kennedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    30
    A train wreck of a film lying inert where the tracks of the Feel Good Line cross the Path of Good Intentions.
  7. This fact-based drama is very well-meaning but also cloying, sentimental, and simplistic. Gooding's fake-toothed grin deserves an Oscar for best makeup, though.
  8. 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?
  9. 25
    It's hard to say what's more offensive about the out-of- tune Radio - Cuba Gooding Jr. trying to ingratiate himself by mugging up a storm as a mentally challenged man, or the mawkish narrative surrounding him like so much syrup.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    20
    Based-on-a-true-story kitschfest.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Jun 16, 2013
    0
    The Worst about Radio that it has the same old elements of a sports drama. It gets very boring and melodramatic from this. A BIG DISAPOINMENT FROM THIS MOVIE. Full Review »