Rocket Science (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though Rocket Science appears to be a typically quirky indie, the well-rounded performances and director Jeffrey Blitz's clear affection for his characters gives the film its proper human spark.

Movie Info

Jeffrey Blitz's seriocomedy Rocket Science proves that many a handicap can be overcome, no matter how daunting the obstacle at hand may initially seem. Newcomer Reece Thompson plays Hal Hefner, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route -- he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions … More

Rating: R (for some sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeffrey Blitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2008
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for Rocket Science

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (40)

Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz brings wit and pathos to the story of a compulsive stutterer.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's a lovely, fragile movie here; if only Blitz had had the faith to let it stand on its own two feet.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Well worth the wait, Rocket Science is a winning coming of age comedy with a difference.

Full Review… | June 16, 2010
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's intelligent, it doesn't go for the emotional jugular, it has an honesty about it that's refreshing.

Full Review… | June 16, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

Here's a twist -- an American high-school movie that has a brain.

Full Review… | June 16, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

Each character has his or her own lovable peculiarity--from the friend's parents who play Violent Femmes duets on the cello to the speech therapist who gives too many details about his personal life--small details that don't threaten to overshadow Hal's s

Full Review… | August 26, 2008

Audience Reviews for Rocket Science


I spent the vast majority of this movie trying to decide whether, or not, I liked it. The characters were definitely interesting, but overall I don't think that this film hit on the point that it was trying to make. Not a bad movie, just not that special.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A stutterer joins his high school debate team at the behest of a woman with whom he quickly falls in love.
Anna Kendrick, whose performance in Up in the Air showed her to be a strong if somewhat stilted actress, is nearly perfect as the debater/femme fatale in this quirky independent dramedy. And though Reece Daniel Thompson doesn't achieve a Colin Firth level of tortured stuttering, he is nonetheless compelling.
There are also some really funny and touching moments. I particularly laughed out loud at "There's now a cello in your house."
However, the narration is overbearing. There is a constant musical score dominated by quickly strummed guitar chords that make me think these were added because they're required in independent films, not because the score accentuated the storytelling. Finally, there were several moments of over-editing. Contrast Rocket Science with A King's Speech, in which the camera stayed fixed on the King as he tried to spit out his words; in Rocket Science there are needless cross cuts to reaction shots that show little reaction.
Overall, like many independent films, Rocket Science is one to watch for the performances and occasionally clever script, not for its direction.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I had high hopes for this one, (and even bought the damn thing before seeing it based on a good review. Grrr). Didn't do a lot for me at all. It was kind of dull and didn't find the main character particularly interesting. Disappointing.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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