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Rocket Science Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The problem with Rocket Science is that the character at the center of the drama isn't very energetic or, truth be told, interesting. This makes it difficult at times to remain engaged in the unfolding tale.

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

August 7, 2007
Tim Grierson
Screendaily

This indie-minded effort suggests a filmmaker too enamored by his influences and struggling to establish a cogent vision of his own.

Full Review Source: Screendaily

July 23, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I thought it was cloying, self-congratulatory and irritating.

August 14, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Quirky, quirky, quirky goes Rocket Science. Round, round, round roll my eyes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2007
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Please, enough with Napoleon Dynamite Syndrome already.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

March 6, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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[Director] Blitz has succumbed to that most pernicious of Sundance afflictions: pandemic quirkiness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2007
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com

Rocket Science is a story smothered by its own eccentricities.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 13, 2008
Anthony Quinn
Daily Telegraph

Blitz let the story tell itself in Spellbound; this time, he's trying too hard.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

September 29, 2007
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

It is not always a deal-killer to step outside the trappings of realism, but the bland visuals don't match the precious absurdity and profound rapid-fire dialogue of the high school kids, so the film rings false and tries too hard.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

Destined to be severely overrated.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a slight coming of age tale with some natural moments, yes, but also with obvious humor (when there is any), racist undertones, and an underwhelming lead. Rocket Science never made me crack a smile.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 25, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The thing the film lacks -- besides originality -- is a character arc that keeps the audience interested.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Needlessly cruel comedy.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

September 28, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Why filter such a personal story through the attitudinal tics of Wes Anderson and Napoleon Dynamite, especially if you're going to do it with about one-third the skill?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

August 9, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Thompson is an engaging young actor who keeps things grounded when Blitz gets a little too precious with his ironic premise and self-consciously offbeat characters.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 23, 2007
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Borrowing from too many movies to count, Rocket Science botches that brew in an unwieldy slew of adolescent-angst clichés.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 24, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It isn't funny; it isn't touching; there's a screamingly annoying and supercilious voiceover-narration, and all its dramatic ideas are bafflingly unfinished and unresolved.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

September 28, 2007

Bullz-Eye.com

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2007
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Enough about Rocket Science is genuinely endearing that it comes out okay in the end.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It may gross as little as Welcome to the Dollhouse or as much as Clueless, but whichever it does, it's in the same league.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2007
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

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July 31, 2007
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