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Nobel Son Reviews

Anna King
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Anna King
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2011
Christine Champ
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

May 6, 2011
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Is it a thriller? Is it a heist movie? Is it a comedy?

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 8, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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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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December 8, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 5, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's one of those films stuffed with odd characters in overblown situations. Unfortunately, you don't care about any of them.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

December 5, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

December 5, 2008
Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
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Only when Nobel Son stops trying so hard does it have any appeal at all.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 5, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 5, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A snarky, blackly comic crime drama, the whole thing unfolds like the feverish Welsh Rarebit dream of Guy Ritchie's chauffeur.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 5, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nobel Son is a dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 5, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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[An] uneven but enjoyably titillating black comedy.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 5, 2008
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 5, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Nobel Son is as darkly funny as it is exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 5, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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

December 5, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Nobel Son sadistically resurrects the Tarantino knockoff -- an unloved, foul-mouthed little bastard of a subgenre that should now go away forever.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D-

December 4, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 4, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 4, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 4, 2008
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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One of those misbegotten clunkers where just about every creative decision isn't just wrong but tone-deaf.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 4, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

December 3, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Lacking the polish and coherence worthy of its cast, Nobel Son is no prize winner.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2008
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