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Based upon a true story, Madison is a father-son drama based on the highly publicized efforts in Madison, IN, during the hydroplane racing season of 1971. Jim McCormick (James Caviezel) has left behind his life of hydroplane boat racing to settle down and start a family and take a job as an air-conditioner repairman. Though he tries to embrace his new life, he still longs for his racing days, and the boat has become the town laughing stock. The town has also experienced harsh financial strain and the rich corporate sponsors of Jim's competitors have stolen the spotlight again and again.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You've seen a movie that has the exact same scene after scene and the sport's just been different."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"There isn't a scene, an action or a character that rings true, yet the narrative summary of the events that inspired it is a matter of record."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"...the film's storyline follows an exceedingly familiar trajectory."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is done with such sincerity and good feeling that I found myself far more interested in the proceedings that I could have possibly expected."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Direct, folksy, more than a bit boosterish, the movie pulls you along to the wow finish."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A touching, spirited family movie that, in the Rocky tradition, is about a sports challenge that represents the hopes and aspirations of characters with little reason to expect success."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Madison brings us the news that miracles really can happen, and an apparent case of divine intervention is the only reason this artifact is being dumped into theaters."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"As the clichés mount up, it's easy to see why the film has been waiting for a release since 2001."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Unembarrassed with its rah-rah populism, the movie is definitely anti-cynicism, and often quite enjoyable in its sincerity."
‑ Brett Buckalew,
"This one's a little soggy."
‑ , E! Online
"A stubbornly up-with-people schmaltzfest, it's the kind of corn that gives angst a good name."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"What is it about Indiana that inspires movies about small-town dreamers who come from behind to win?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Madison only reinforces stereotypes that 'old-fashioned' and 'small-town' mean 'good' while 'modern' and 'big city' mean 'bad.'"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today
"Even though it's based on a true story, writer-director William Bindley and his cowriting brother, Scott, manage to squeeze just about every sports-movie cliché ever invented into this tale."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The sport deserves a much better movie."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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