• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Francis Ford Coppola
  • In Theaters:    Oct 7, 1983 Wide
  • On DVD:    Sep 8, 1998
  • Universal Pictures

Rumble Fish Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 22, 2012

Rumble Fish is like a unisex Sweet 16 gift for children whose favorite hangouts are the pool hall, the Cinématheque Française, and the rings of Saturn.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010

Teen-gang saga is more intense, violent than the book.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
March 4, 2008


| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
December 11, 2007

If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.

Variety Staff
Top Critic
December 11, 2007

Overwrought and overthought.

Empire Magazine
August 1, 2007

A bit too over-stylized to allow for any great involvement, the most interesting part of this is spotting the young actors before they became stars -- most notably nephew-of-the-director Nicolas Cage.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Coppola's recent viewing seems to have been German silent films of the '20s, so he has decided to coat the whole enterprise in a startling Expressionist style, which is very arresting but hardly appropriate to the matter in hand.

Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
October 11, 2005

An offbeat experiment that, while certainly not a brilliant movie, flies far more than it fails.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
September 1, 2005

This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005

Visually stunning but dramatically inert coming-of-age tale

| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 29, 2004

Art for adolscents, tricked out in quasi-seriousness. Once hip, now amusing.

| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003

Give it a try. It might change your life.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Glasby
May 24, 2003

An iconic outsider of 1980s teen cinema, Rumble Fish remains an intriguing anomaly on Coppola's chequered CV.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
May 21, 2003

A number of the images in Rumble Fish are more memorable than the film is as a whole, sometimes for the wrong reasons.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The action is clotted and murky, and Coppola obviously hasn't bothered to clarify it for the members of his cast, who wander through the film with expressions of winsome, honest befuddlement.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000

A seminal work in teen films, shot appropriately in B/W (except for the fish).

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008

| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
June 10, 2004

| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
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