A small-town high school football coach (Ed Harris) befriends a developmentally disabled man (Cuba Gooding Jr.) nicknamed "Radio," who has always been the target of jokes and teasing, in this heartwarming drama based on the real-life experiences of James Robert Kennedy. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio's growth under the coach's guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk to think differently about being different.
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Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest.
Ed Park, Village Voice  full review
[Y]et another movie that takes a mentally challenged character and turns him into this kind of deity, this saint-like mascot who everybody else learns life lessons from.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
Gooding once again embarrasses himself in public with a performance that knows no shame, a habit he's getting frighteningly at ease with these days.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
A train wreck of a film lying inert where the tracks of the Feel Good Line cross the Path of Good Intentions.
Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
Rarely have good intentions been wrapped in such a sticky package.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
Cuba Gooding Jr. falls victim to the Nell syndrome, in which a vibrant, loquacious actor decides that the road to an Oscar nomination is to wear a slack expression and a set of Nutty Professor teeth.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
It's still a tear-jerker, but it doesn't make you feel like a jerk for tearing up.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel  full review
The game plan is Inspiration or Death.
Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
I'm happy to report Radio is tolerable. Better than tolerable, in fact, but not much better.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle  full review
Every once in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and this is one of those times.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
After some student and parental resistance, a medley of obvious platitudes and great bathos washes over the place, and everybody is righteously lifted up where they belong.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
Please, Hollywood, no more inspiration, particularly if it feels about as authentic as canned laughter.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
Of course I should know better, but the movie had me blubbering from its first down.
John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press  full review
The result is just as the filmmakers hoped. You'd have to hold a stubborn defensive line not to be moved by this film's heart.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
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