Radio (2003)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 24, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The story is heavy on syrupy uplift and turns Radio into a saint/cuddly pet.

Ed Park
Village Voice

Based-on- a-true-story kitschfest.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

A train wreck of a film lying inert where the tracks of the Feel Good Line cross the Path of Good Intentions.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Despite the fine efforts of Harris and Gooding, Jr., Radio nearly drowns in James Horner's overbearingly sentimental music.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[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.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though probably well-intentioned, Radio comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally challenged.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Lesson of kindness permeates inspiring true story.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Rarely have good intentions been wrapped in such a sticky package.

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Awful from start to finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
How they took a story that is inherently so moving and turned it into a jumbled, lifeless mess is beyond my comprehension. It's as if they let the real… More
This movie is based on a true story and that makes it even more amazing. I loved this movie. It was funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking too. This has to be… More
Alex roy
Radio is yet another in a long list of feel good movies. But I believe that this is the best feel good movie since October Sky. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Cuba Goodings pretty good at playing a retarded guy, but Dane Crooks been doin it for way too long!!
Eric S
This is quite a powerful film. Cuba Gooding Jr. turns in a brilliant performance as the mentally challenged loner James Robert Kennedy nicknamed… More
Tim Salmons
A very touching story.