Rudy (1993)

Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football team. However, he is a small boy who will inevitably grow up to be a small man. Not only that, but he is not an outstanding… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 13, 1993
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.

Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Anspaugh, whose Hoosiers showed he knows from feel-good movies, directs this story as if he were conducting Bolero, carefully building climax upon climax as the story spirals to an underdog triumph every bit as tearful as that of Rocky.

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Leonard Klady

Rudy is one of those beating-the-odds tales that no one does better than Hollywood. A film that hits all the right emotional buttons, it's an intelligent, sentimental drama that lifts an audience to its feet cheering.

Dennis King
Tulsa World

Corny and manipulative as it is, Rudy is a movie that makes you want to cheer -- if not for the real-life Rudy Ruettiger's public relations triumph, at least for the mythical Rudy's brave pursuit of an All-American dream.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The film is so effective because Rudy is never seen as mock-heroic, and he's never lifted toward unrealistic achievement. He simply does the very best he can.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] well-crafted piece of middle-American uplift.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

At times it is both overly sentimental and unintentionally funny.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Underneath its rah-rah spirit, the PG-rated Rudy is straightforward enough to raise, albeit unintentionally, some troubling questions.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Directed with composure, but no great fervour, the film's conspicuously uninterested in American football, and much concerned with testing the limits and the resilience of the American dream.

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Nell Minow

Ideally, this movie should be seen as a double feature with Knute Rockne, All-American, that other great movie about Notre Dame football.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Rudy is a well made and acted true story about Rudy Ruettiger a down on his luck student who dreams about going to Notre Dame University and playing for the… More
James Alvarez
A cheesy feel good movie about a guy who later acts like a dick to local towns folk for his accomplishments made in the movie.
Jim Careter
Rudy is not just a tale of a brave and determined, its the most inspiring movie in film history, and the greatest sports film ever made. Rudy Ruttiger (Sean… More
Dan Schultz
One of the best sports movies ever made. Meant to review this a while ago. Yes, its typical, yes, it may be boring at times to some, but this is the perfect… More
erika bruhns
Rudy is about a guy who wanted to play football for the Notre Dame football team. When growing up people said that he does not have want it takes to get into… More
Mark Hobin
Uplifting football drama. First "Hoosiers", now this? David Anspaugh knows how to inspire his audience.