Bottle Rocket Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 2, 2014
It's only in the finale of Bottle Rocket, brimming over with poignant male self-delusion, that the flair and sizzle of Anderson's future promise returns.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2014
A confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
March 4, 2014
[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2014
This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 4, 2014
This deliciously offbeat comedy gets much of its oomph from a loopy screenplay and lead performances that can only be called hilariously bland, or is it blandly hilarious?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2014
Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
March 4, 2014
With a wild-card character like Dignan, he could be either the most original character in many a moon -- or never convincing. Wilson, with his cockeyed grin and rapid-fire delivery, comes off as a young Dennis Hopper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2014
Wes Anderson's 1996 first feature (before Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) is fresh, character driven, often funny, and unfashionably upbeat (as well as offbeat).
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 4, 2014
Like the cheap pyrotechnic of the title, Bottle Rocket neither goes very far nor ends with a bang, and that's part of its charm, originality and delight.
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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly
March 4, 2014
The title refers to cheap fireworks that fizz before they flame out quietly, and that's what three Southwestern slackers do in this amiable heist movie-cum-road flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 4, 2014
Even as you laugh at these guys, you feel an overwhelming sympathy for them. Sensing that they love each other, you want their dumb, dysfunctional lives to work out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
March 4, 2014
Caan does a funny cameo as the local crimelord but the film belongs to Anderson's co-conspirator Wilson, whose wired performance leaps off the screen.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 4, 2014
Bottle Rocket may not be profound work, but it shows off some genuine talent both behind and in front of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

People Magazine
March 4, 2014
This is a small movie of raffish charm, similar in feel and tone to last year's independent hit The Brothers McMullen.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
March 4, 2014
Anderson's debut film is a small-scale delight.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
March 4, 2014
[An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 4, 2014
A lot of the script has the ring of authenticity if only because all the private jokes and references that pass by are plainly embedded in the real lives of the creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James White
Total Film
March 4, 2014
This is Anderson still finding his feet, but the steps and swagger are confident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 4, 2014
It's a little chaotic but director Wes Anderson and his young stars Owen C. Wilson (who co-wrote with Anderson), Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave have a gift for the human comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
The first Anderson/Wilson offbeat, talky comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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