Radio Days
Radio Days (1987)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 1987
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Although lacking the bite and depth of his best work, Radio Days is one of Woody Allen's most purely entertaining pictures.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Radio Days" is so ambitious and so audacious that it almost defies description.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Childhood anecdotes and charming vignettes are set against bright-light, big-city sets, a-dazzle with beautiful players.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a wonderfully realized film, one of Woody's best, that has slipped under the radar.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

You peel and peel away at it only to find, in the end, nothing.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

[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]

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A perfect mixture of laughs and heartbreak, it's one of the ones I can see over and over again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Remember the good ole days before the internet? Before even television? Radio was the dominant technology and Allen nostalgically recalls not only the… More
Reid Volk
While not one of his better films, Allen's playful reverence of this bygone era will most likely leave you with a smile on your face.
Spencer S.
A collage of the ordinary, the golden fame of radio, and the innocence of childhood, Radio Days is one of the finest examples of Allen's fascination with… More
Chris Weber
This is such a wonderful film. This is basically a plotless jorney taking a fond look back at a childhood in Queens during the early 1940s, told as a series of… More
Lucas Martins
A terrific nostalgic tribute. One of the best works by Allen.
Tony Gandía
Overlooked Woody Allen gem that features Mia Farrow at her comedic best. Allen's keen ear for clever dialogue and obvious love for the entertainment… More