Bubble Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
A still, sometimes eerie imitation of life that casts a cold eye over small town paralysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
July 6, 2010
Is there another contemporary filmmaker whose work swings as unpredictably between the seductive and the alienating as does Steven Soderbergh's?
Paul Chambers
May 1, 2010
Finally got around to seeing this film and was impressed with Soderbergh's experimental style. This guy continues to be one of best directors around today. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
Soderbergh artlessly presents America's concealed poverty that drives the paltry ambitions of many of its citizens.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 19, 2008
"Bubble" is paced very deliberately, like a slowly dripping faucet. Scenes do not seem to be performed, but rather captured like surveillance videos.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 11, 2008
Bubble is an intriguing work for other reasons, though: in some ways, Soderbergh takes us back to his iconic debut, sex, lies and videotape, where realism was the film's most powerful weapon.
Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
Appears at first glance to be either a violent attack on the white working poor, or not aggressive enough in its critique of the cultural degradation of that social class.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
May 20, 2007
Not quite Hitchcock, but a satisfying flick, and proof positive that you don't need a big budget or A-list talent to make a decent whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
February 4, 2007
Life and death among the working poor. Critics hated it because it lacked entertainment value. That's more of a condemnation of them than the film.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2006
The local atmosphere, filmed on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is rigorously authentic and so is the cast, none of whose members have acted before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine
September 6, 2006
The film is called Bubble, but it represents the first time in ages Steven Soderbergh has worked outside of his personal territory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Betsy Bozdech
September 1, 2006
Versatile director Steven Soderbergh leaves the bright lights of Las Vegas far behind for this quiet, stark tale of friendship and murder in a small Midwestern town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 6, 2006
Fascinante estudo de personagens, Bubble não é um filme marcado por ações, mas por sutilezas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
I was blown away.
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
Soderbergh simply displays ordinary people as they are and challenges us to determine why smiles become rare blips on the blue-collar radar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
March 4, 2006
... A great film by any standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 24, 2006
Sans être son effort le plus créatif à ce jour, Bubble demeure une entrée courageuse dans la filmographie d'un réalisateur si bien ancré dans le paysage hollywoodien.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 16, 2006
There's an honesty in what Soderbergh's camera has captured that, while not real in the strictest sense of the term, is nevertheless true-to-life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2006
Bubble is an 'art movie' in that it values a certain kind of content and execution that may not be of great interest to a mass audience. [I]t's a character study in the form of a noir-type murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
March 30, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 28, 2006

Baltimore Sun
January 28, 2006
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