Radio

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
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  1. A gentle film yet develops increasing dramatic tension beneath its easygoing, fair-minded surface.
  2. 60
    Radio is a film many people may be tempted to laugh off as button pushing feel-good fluff. Before doing so, they might want to ask themselves just what it is they find so funny about a little peace, love and understanding.
  3. Radio is assembled from small, hard stones of ignorance and intolerance paved over by large, mushy examples of community goodness.
  4. The real Radio, and the real coach -- seen together in the movie's feel-good epilogue -- deserve better.
  5. 50
    There's no arguing that Cuba Gooding Jr. is trying to do right by the mentally disabled James Robert Kennedy.
  6. Mr. Harris's coach is not a flashy role. But the actor, who effortlessly embodies an all-American ideal of strength and decency, drains as much of the syrup from his character as any actor could hope.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.
  8. 50
    That the film rises above that level to the merely mediocre is an accomplishment of almost heroic proportions.
  9. 50
    A tall glass of hogwash that's terrified to declare itself the racial-healing melodrama it is.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    Trailers make it seem as though Radio is all about football, but it's not, and once the film leaves the fall sport behind it wanders around in no particular direction until it reaches an abrupt, poorly executed ending.
  12. Although his is not a perfect film, Tollin employs his soap-opera dialogue and aim-for-the-solar-plexus message quite unapologetically.
  13. The cast, which includes Alfre Woodard and Debra Winger, manages to give thoughtful performances that salvage the film's integrity.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    "Inspired by a true story" it may be, but inspired it's not.
  15. 40
    Harris tries his best to make something more out of his one-dimensional white-knight character, while Gooding plays his vaudeville Rainman routine to the rafters.
  16. 40
    The cumulative effect of the movie's many Kodak moments and stretches of greeting-card sentiment is that they kill us with kindness.
  17. Reviewed by: Sabrina Rojas Weiss
    40
    The heavy-handed score by notoriously heavy-handed James Horner is often the only indication that there's supposed to be a point to this showcase for Gooding's relentlessly adorable mugging.
  18. Reviewed by: Jo Berry
    40
    Sweet, slushy mush of a family film.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 84 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 DISAPOINMENTThe 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 »
  2. AshleyK.
    Nov 18, 2003
    10
    Definitely a great movie!!! I cried through the whole thing. It really makes you think about life and what it should be about!
  3. AshleyK.
    Nov 18, 2003
    10
    Definitely a great movie!!! I cried through the whole thing. It really makes you think about life and what it should be about!