Radio Days
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Woody Allen's gentle and nostalgic tribute to the glory days of radio and coming-of-age during World War II plays like Fellini's Amarcord filtered through Neil Simon. The nominal star is Seth Green as Joe, a teenage Jewish boy, growing up with a house full of relatives in Brooklyn. Allen cuts between Joe's working class neighborhood of Rockaway Beach, Queens, and the glittery and glamorous world of radio in Manhattan. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although lacking the bite and depth of his best work, Radio Days is one of Woody Allen's most purely entertaining pictures."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"You peel and peel away at it only to find, in the end, nothing."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"[A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A perfect mixture of laughs and heartbreak, it's one of the ones I can see over and over again."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"For my money, this is the best of Allen's films in which he does not himself appear"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's a great idea for a movie, but Allen fatally opts for a Fellini: Amarcord approach of formless narrative, larger-than-life coincidence, and rambling ruminations on what times there used to be."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
""Radio Days" is so ambitious and so audacious that it almost defies description."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Vastly entertaining and in moments even magical, Radio Days is a warmly nostalgic but decidedly unsentimental portrait of Wood Allen's childhood in WWII, when radio was the primary medium of communication."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Another Woody Allen's "Amarcord" - warm, rueful, poignant and hilarious."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Opens with one hell of a set piece but it's all downhill from there."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"As free in form as it is generous of spirit."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Childhood anecdotes and charming vignettes are set against bright-light, big-city sets, a-dazzle with beautiful players."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It's a wonderfully realized film, one of Woody's best, that has slipped under the radar."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Affectionately eavesdrops on the past and gives everyone a wonderful opportunity to re-imagine what it was like when this communications medium was king."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...a sweet, lighthearted, nostalgic look back at an era before the tube."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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