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: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.

Emanuel Levy

Well acted but overly familiar and sentimental sports tale of the underdog

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Geoff Andrew
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. And the last big scene is an emotional powerhouse, just the way it's supposed to be.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

continues to make life seem a little better

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy.

Norman Chad
Washington Post

The film is so uplifting, I felt like calling up Lou Holtz for brunch.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Inspiring sports film about a real life underdog.

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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.