• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Wes Anderson
    In Theaters:
    Feb 23, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 22, 1998
  • Columbia Pictures

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Bottle Rocket Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I can't recommend the film -- it's too unwound and indulgent -- but I have a certain affection for it, and I'm looking forward to whatever Anderson and the Wilsons do next.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Starts and finishes strong, but, somewhere in the middle, it loses its focus and its way.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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Bottle Rocket was conceived as a low-budget family affair -- it has more Wilsons than the Beach Boys -- and outside of a few cult-intensive pockets of fandom, that's where it's likely to end up.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2014
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A grueling, numbing black hole.

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

January 1, 2000
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 1/5

February 8, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

[Inez] is the only character about whom I cared. I was kind of hoping the rest of them, especially Dignan would be run over by a truck.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Maybe someone ought to think about culling this thing down into a sustainable short film.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner

Feels exactly like what it is -- a short stretched out to a feature.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Fred Topel
About.com

Uninvolving early Anderson movie. Why do we care about this guy's obsession with a maid? I don't get it.

| Original Score: 1/5

July 14, 2003
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 4, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2002
John Ferguson
Radio Times

[An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2014
James Rocchi
Netflix

Bottle Rocket is full of the kind of energy and style that more movies should aspire to attain.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Dry, droll and really very funny.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2014
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2006
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

The first Anderson/Wilson offbeat, talky comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 31, 2010
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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).

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 4, 2014
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