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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 84
  2. Negative: 10 out of 84
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  1. ChadS.
    Nov 2, 2003
    5
    If you're a cynical person, this is the film for you. There's a potential unintentional laugh every five minutes or so. Cuba "I Am A.M." is pretty good, but like the assistant coach says, "I liked him better when he couldn't speak." Sean Penn was grating too. It's the movie's intention to rebuke a father's claim that Radio isn't a distraction to the If you're a cynical person, this is the film for you. There's a potential unintentional laugh every five minutes or so. Cuba "I Am A.M." is pretty good, but like the assistant coach says, "I liked him better when he couldn't speak." Sean Penn was grating too. It's the movie's intention to rebuke a father's claim that Radio isn't a distraction to the team, but it sure looks like he is. "Radio" has the agenda to show that it's Radio's mental impairment, and not his skin color, that's being discriminated against. Even the principal(Alfre Woodard: brilliant actress and black woman) doesn't want Radio in her school. "Radio" is too self-conscious and precious by showing teammates and townfolks never once explicitly acknowledge their slow acceptance of Radio as indeed being two-fold. Expand
  2. N8daGR8
    Oct 30, 2003
    6
    I wonder how many of the reviewers have worked with people with developmental disabilities? Maybe if more had, they might change their tune about Gooding's performance. It is a typical Hollywood film from beginning to end, but the acting deserves more credit than it has received. Rich and Smith took a real person and applied the Hollywood recipe of dumbed down Greek tragedy to his I wonder how many of the reviewers have worked with people with developmental disabilities? Maybe if more had, they might change their tune about Gooding's performance. It is a typical Hollywood film from beginning to end, but the acting deserves more credit than it has received. Rich and Smith took a real person and applied the Hollywood recipe of dumbed down Greek tragedy to his life story. Definitely an enjoyable film, but not one that should be on your list as a must see. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Nov 16, 2003
    6
    A great movie. One like Remember the titans and the rooke. A wonderful family movie, But not for teenagers.
  4. NinjaMafia
    Nov 4, 2003
    4
    Huh Radio....what's wrong with that Radio?(Harry Mason, Silent Hill)I'm sorry I just couldn't resist that. Radio is about a mentally challenged kid who has to face discrimination and what not. I'm going to cut the crap and get right to the chase here. Radio is so overdramatic that it made me cringe. The actors, however, do play their roles pretty well. However, the Huh Radio....what's wrong with that Radio?(Harry Mason, Silent Hill)I'm sorry I just couldn't resist that. Radio is about a mentally challenged kid who has to face discrimination and what not. I'm going to cut the crap and get right to the chase here. Radio is so overdramatic that it made me cringe. The actors, however, do play their roles pretty well. However, the chracters were shallower than (insert metaphor describing something thats shallow here). And my biggest complaint with this movie is how the director tried to get people to understand that Radio was being discriminated because he was mentally challenged, not black.(I'm sorry African American, yeah I know, I'm not politically correct, so sue me) He went even far enough to put a black principal in the school that discriminates against Radio just to show that it is not about his color. I fell really ripped off seeing this movie but it was either this or Good Boy and believe me, I am not in one way interested in good boy. Expand
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. The cast, which includes Alfre Woodard and Debra Winger, manages to give thoughtful performances that salvage the film's integrity.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    "Inspired by a true story" it may be, but inspired it's not.
  3. 30
    Anyone who already knows better than to taunt the disabled, or former Oscar winners, should probably give it a pass.