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Bubble Boy (2001)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 58

Bubble Boy bounces along with lame, offensive jokes that are more tasteless than funny.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 15

Bubble Boy bounces along with lame, offensive jokes that are more tasteless than funny.



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Jake Gyllenhaal, the young star of the critically well-received October Sky (1999), follows up that film with this offbeat comedy. Gyllenhaal stars as Jimmy Livingston, a teenager with an immune system deficiency who has spent his entire life living in a plastic bubble under the doting, overprotective care of his mother (Swoosie Kurtz). Jimmy is in love with his next-door neighbor Chloe (Marley Shelton), so when he learns that she has left for Niagara Falls in order to be married, he's




Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio

Jan 15, 2002


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Hayes shows a deft touch with both cartoony slapstick and character-based comedy and manages to create moments of real poignancy in between.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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Seldom has a more misguided movie escaped from a major studio than Touchstone's Bubble Boy.

August 31, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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This amazingly tasteless, gross-out comedy is full of cruel jokes, stupid characters, schmaltzy sentimentality and situations that make no sense.

August 31, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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Hollywood monstrosities all, and boy are they scary!

August 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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After enduring only a few minutes of this shrill debacle, you'll feel more trapped in the theater than Jimmy is by his bubble.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Certainly the meanest-spirited film ever associated with the Disney hallmark.

August 24, 2001
Washington Post
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The film is only sporadically funny, and it's frequently in poor taste, but it's got energy to spare, and Gyllenhaal's performance gives it a soul.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Bubble Boy is a strange, bizarre, twisted romantic comedy.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

...the most anti-human movie to surface since Showgirls.

July 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

O personagem-título não é apenas sem graça, mas também chato.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

(Bubble Boy) squanders its strongest moments but at least has the courage to attempt strong moments.

February 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Despite what his mother taught him, despite the evil and injustice he encounters in the world, little Jimmy Livingston is kind and understanding and tolerant of others. That's the moral.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Calling the picture an insult to the immune deficiency syndrome is inappropriate; however, calling the movie an act of pure idiocy is bordering generosity.

September 29, 2001 Full Review Source:

A garish, tawdry film, a mean-spirited trainwreck with virtually no redeeming qualities.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

The road trip aspect of Bubble Boy provides fodder for most of the jokes, which are requisitely crude and tactless and only occasionally amusing.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The most underrated film of the year. While it's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, it is a comedy that had me laughing hard and often.

September 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Seems calculated to deliberately offend not only every character onscreen but everyone in the audience as well.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Words that come to mind...are politically incorrect, subversive and anarchistic.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The ultimate cinematic bafflement, one that will leave the most jaded Hollywood observer with a Freddie Prinze Jr.-like look of bug-eyed, slack-jawed shock.

August 26, 2001 Full Review Source:

bright, frantic, innocent, occasionally gross, wickedly observant and just plain nuts

August 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Bubble Boy

A silly, not very funny, and forgetable film. Rotten.
March 17, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Life is an adventure. Don't blow it.

Cool good movie! This movie was as good as it was funny, perfect balance. It's kinda short but it's enough to be a blast. The story is very good and fun and you can't help but laugh at the different parts of Bubble Boy's journey. Great family film.

On his way to save his love from marrying the wrong man, BB (Bubble Boy) encounters adventures very rare for a young man in a bubble whose system could not tolerate even one germ:

. A bus load of cult members who boot him out of their bus when he accuses them of being a cult.

. A motorcyclist ex boy friend of his mother (who is in hot pursuit) who gives him a ride.

. Joins a band of freaks on a train who he saves from a vicious dwarf.

. An East Indian ice cream vendor who gives him a ride until an unfortunate encounter with a cow.

. Mud wrestles scantily clad beauties in order to win $ 500.00 to pay Pappy, an older person, to take him to Niagra Falls in his jalopy.

BB gets a lift in an air plane (piloted by Pappy's brother, Pippy) and bails out over Niagra Falls, goes over the falls, and races to the church just in time to stop the marriage ceremony and marry his one true love after finding out his mother deceived him about his condition.
June 5, 2011
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Jake Gyllenhaal as a comedic superstar. This is a really funny movie, but it's also got a really good message about living life and taking risks. While it's sort've a spoof of Boy in the Plastic Bubble, it's very much its own movie with a slightly similar concept. The nutjob characters are great, especially the freakshow carnies with mutant powers. The love story is really cute and somehow it never crosses into cheesefest territory. Actually the whole movie is always funny, but never takes anything too far which is really nice.
October 17, 2010

Super Reviewer

I think this comedy film is awesome with a delightfully goofy plot.
The entire cast gives hilarious performances from Swoosie Kurtz in an outrageous psycho-mother performance. Jake Gyllenhaal is very funny as the wide-eyed innocent goes on the adventurous journey with the bubble. He's a bit like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate at the final to stop his best friend's marriage. But I see the worst scene is the parents of the Bubble Boy threw the dwarf Dr. Phreak (played by Verne Troyer) with a baby seat out of their truck because I could see that isn't a real person, it's a dummy. WORST MISTAKE!
April 2, 2010
Dean McKenna

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