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Nobel Son Reviews

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Anna King
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 8, 2008
Is it a thriller? Is it a heist movie? Is it a comedy?
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 8, 2008
I had high hopes for Nobel Son at the halfway point, but it ultimately really completely collapses under the weight of its clever twists.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 5, 2008
The plot twists are mostly predicated on the characters' improbably shifting loyalties, the sort of thing you can get away with only when the people in your movie are drained of all compassion.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 5, 2008
It's one of those films stuffed with odd characters in overblown situations. Unfortunately, you don't care about any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 5, 2008
Even if you can summon some admiration for Nobel Son's editing or snippets of clever dialogue, the movie is so relentlessly self-congratulatory, you can't help becoming thoroughly sick of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
December 5, 2008
Only when Nobel Son stops trying so hard does it have any appeal at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 5, 2008
Like the worst of holiday quarrels, it's much more irritating than interesting, and by the end of it you'll be filled with as much seasonal cheer as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 5, 2008
Except for a mildly engaging heist scene in the middle of the movie, the story never gets within a mile of the Quentin Tarantino classics it tries to evoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 5, 2008
A snarky, blackly comic crime drama, the whole thing unfolds like the feverish Welsh Rarebit dream of Guy Ritchie's chauffeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 5, 2008
Fans of Rickman will appreciate the actor's sneering mix of buffoonery and misanthropy, Steenburgen gives another of her playfully ironic turns, and Miller's direction allows for few, if any, lulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 5, 2008
Nobel Son is a dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 5, 2008
Nobel Son isn't funny enough for black comedy, nor suspenseful enough for a thriller; for all its flashy flailings and thumb-slicings, it's ultimately a little dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
December 5, 2008
[An] uneven but enjoyably titillating black comedy.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
December 5, 2008
It's all wildly implausible and occasionally fun, but it could be so much better if director Randall Miller had thrown in a little more character development and excised a half-dozen crazy plot twists.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 5, 2008
Nobel Son is as darkly funny as it is exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 5, 2008
Not flagrant enough to be vile, not original enough to be any good, Nobel Son does offer a rare opportunity to see Alan Rickman at his worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 5, 2008
An aggressively noisy exercise in style over substance about nasty people doing nasty things to one another in (sigh) Southern California.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 5, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 4, 2008
Nobel Son sadistically resurrects the Tarantino knockoff -- an unloved, foul-mouthed little bastard of a subgenre that should now go away forever.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2008
I enjoyed Eliza Dushku's mad poetess, probably for the wrong reasons, but with a project this meager, you take your artful sneers and scenic diversions where you can get them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 4, 2008
The plot by itself could have become tiresome; no audience enjoys spending all evening walking into stone walls. But the acting is another matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 4, 2008
Although sometimes too self-consciously odd for its own good, the film is at times rollicking good fun, with Alan Rickman having a ball offending everyone within earshot as the brilliant, self-centered Eli Michaelson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
December 4, 2008
One of those misbegotten clunkers where just about every creative decision isn't just wrong but tone-deaf.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 3, 2008
The director, Randall Miller, appears to be trying to cross a bad Elmore Leonard thriller with a bad indie-festival family-angst comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 2008
Lacking the polish and coherence worthy of its cast, Nobel Son is no prize winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5