The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Needless to say, the negative portrayal of religious folks earns the criticism of religious press reviewers.
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The USCCB's critic argues that the film "means to be an affecting story of the difficulties of adolescence, but ultimately fails to deliver the powerful punch of which it initially seems capable." This critic also believes that the film's fails as an attack on the church. "Despite the title, the boys are seen assisting at Mass only once, and their own feelings on religion or faith are never fleshed out, which makes the setting of a Catholic school more of an afterthought than a pointed dig. There is the feeling that these boys would not have acted differently had they been in a public school.