The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
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) and whip-smart, impulsive Tim (Kieran Culkin) -- who spend their free time pulling elaborate pranks and creating a comic book featuring themselves and their friends, Wade (Jake Richardson) and Joey (Tyler Long), as superheroes. Their alter egos are brought to life in animated sequences by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. Their grim, strict, one-legged teacher,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"While there are times when the film's reach exceeds its grasp, the production works more often than it doesn't."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A fairly formulaic '70s-set coming-of-age tale that's ultimately distinguished by the passion of its makers and players."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Best suited for those who can recall their stifling and intense Catholic School education from back in the day, Altar Boys is certainly a worthwhile way to spend 90-some minutes."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Steers refreshingly clear of the usual cliches."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The only bright spot in the whole movie is Vincent D'Onofrio's performance as a priest."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I did not care much for the last part of the film, but the three-quarters of it is good enough that I'm recommending it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's not serious enough to be profound, and not ribald enough to be giddy."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Sharp, lively, funny and ultimately sobering film."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Devious, delinquent, and diverting."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
"Ultimately feels empty and unsatisfying, like swallowing a Communion wafer without the wine."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
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