The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys brings Chris Fuhrman's well-received, posthumously published teen novel to the screen. Set in the 1970s, the film concerns two rebellious Catholic schoolboys -- bashful, pensive Francis (Emile Hirsch)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The inter-cutting of animation by Spawn's creator, Todd McFarlane, doesn't always work, but the performances by the young actors capture the pains of growing up well.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.

James Berardinelli

While there are times when the film's reach exceeds its grasp, the production works more often than it doesn't.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I thought the young actors were strong, but the material is too thin and too cliched, even with Todd McFarlane's animated sequences to stretch the story to feature length.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Steers refreshingly clear of the usual cliches.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Esforça-se ao máximo para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, mas, com exceção da performance cativante de Culkin, o filme empalidece diante de tantos outros do gênero.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

It's not serious enough to be profound, and not ribald enough to be giddy.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Sharp, lively, funny and ultimately sobering film.

Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Devious, delinquent, and diverting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on the title, you might think this has something to do with the church sex abuse scandals that were all over the media around the time this film came out.… More
Derek Daniels
Refreshing film about best friends who dream of living out their lives like the comic books they're obsessed with. Great acting from all involved,… More
CAST: Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Richardson, Tyler Long, Kelvin O'Bryant DIRECTED BY: Peter… More
Dean L
This movie utilizes many vehicles to convey its messages. Children, the church, animation, death, incest, hypocrisy...All of this is tied into a coming of age… More
Conner Rainwater
A movie about tweens that can't be seen by tweens, completely useless. I liked the cast and their were some good early performances from Kieren Culkin and… More
Jason Spencer
This is a pretty good flick.