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James Robert Kennedy--nicknamed 'Radio' because of his vintage radio collection and his love of music--is a loner in Anderson, South Carolina, pushing his ever-present grocery cart up and down the streets. He speaks to no one and is rarely spoken to, until one day, Coach Harold Jones, one of the town's most respected men, and coach of the popular high school football team, befriends him. Radio is suspicious at first. But Coach Jones is persistent, even enlisting the help of Radio's mother. Jones' friends and family are taken aback as well since, until he met Radio, all his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"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
"Lesson of kindness permeates inspiring true story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The screenwriter seems obsessed with introducing dramatic conflict, which feels both strained and convenient."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"As the principal says, "I'm not sure we're trying to help someone here, or whether you're using him as a glorified mascot." Exactly."
‑ Stephen Himes, Film Snobs
"[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
"Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Despite the fine efforts of Harris and Gooding, Jr., Radio nearly drowns in James Horner's overbearingly sentimental music."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today
"Tune in for another formulaic feel-good story that will warm your heart and chill your mind."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"this puts Cuba back into the Oscar race again, he's charming and wonderful -- although he plays a slow guy, which is surefire Oscar fodder"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"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
"Rarely have good intentions been wrapped in such a sticky package."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Awful from start to finish."
‑ Oz,
"Feigns compassion for the mentally challenged, but treats Radio as a pet, a toy, a prop."
‑ Catharine Tunnacliffe, eye WEEKLY
"This is the first time in 16 years I made additions to a movie review after I read other critics' reviews. I'm doing this not to change my stance, but to defend it."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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