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      The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

      R Released Jun 14, 2002 1h 45m Drama List
      76% Tomatometer 106 Reviews 79% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Francis Doyle (Emile Hirsch) and Tim Sullivan (Kieran Culkin), and their closest friends, are fighting the stultifying repression of their parish school. Foremost among the forces of evil is the stern and disapproving nun, Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster), who rules their lives. She seizes their artwork one day, setting the boys on an obsessed trail of revenge that ultimately changes their lives. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The inter-cutting of animation by Spawn's creator, Todd McFarlane, doesn't always work, but the performances by the young actors capture the pains of growing up well.

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      Bill Muller Arizona Republic Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly. Jun 28, 2002 Full Review Richard Roeper Ebert & Roeper 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. Jun 25, 2002 Full Review Rex Reed Observer It's not serious enough to be profound, and not ribald enough to be giddy. Jun 25, 2002 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Esfora-se ao mximo para arrancar lgrimas do espectador, mas, com exceo da performance cativante de Culkin, o filme empalidece diante de tantos outros do gnero. Rated: 3/5 May 20, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Charles B Awesome classic with cool random segway's. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/21/22 Full Review Audience Member Even the lives of altar boys deserve to be looked at A young Kieran Culkin, Emilie Hirsch, Jenna Malone, Jodie Foster, and Vincent D'Nofrio Two best friends Tim and Francis attend parish school but neither of them like the oppression they're facing Their teacher, Sister Assumpta is stern and disapproving making their lives miserable To escape the hardship of reality they both spend their time drawing and making comic book storylines Several sequences of animation are sprinkled in to express how they react Mainly it revolves around a superhero group called the Atomic Trinity and Assumpta is portrayed as Nunzilla Francis also has a crush on classmate Margie But when the boys' artwork is confiscated by their teacher they set on a trail of revenge to set things right The comic animation scenes are actually done by actual comic book illustrator Todd McFarlane The animated sequences are way more interesting Yet the performances by the young actors capture the pains of growing up well The languid pacing and the story's thinness are just very weak So it's a mixed bag Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review torin f There's a lot to like here: fine acting, soundtrack, animation, nuanced coming-of-age portrait. The story itself does hinge on some oddly specific dark elements, however, that the film's structure can't adequately accommodate, and I think they thus end up somewhat alienating the viewer instead. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review evan m The film tries hard to be edgy, like it's protagonists. I would give an additional star if I thought it were intentional. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review robert p The animated sequences by Todd McFarland who draws the comic SPAWN adds to an otherwise bland movie about kids resentful of Catholic School and for the life of me I could not tell why they had a grudge against the female nun she did not seem that bad to me! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member just an overall messed up movie Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Francis Doyle (Emile Hirsch) and Tim Sullivan (Kieran Culkin), and their closest friends, are fighting the stultifying repression of their parish school. Foremost among the forces of evil is the stern and disapproving nun, Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster), who rules their lives. She seizes their artwork one day, setting the boys on an obsessed trail of revenge that ultimately changes their lives.
      Director
      Peter Care
      Producer
      Jodie Foster, Meg LeFauve, Jay Shapiro
      Screenwriter
      Jeff Stockwell
      Distributor
      ThinkFilm
      Production Co
      Egg Pictures, Trilogy Entertainment Group, Initial Entertainment Group
      Rating
      R (Sexual Content|Language|Youth Substance Use)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 14, 2002, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 10, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.8M
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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