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

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Rumble Fish Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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 Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 22, 2012
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

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

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

September 14, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Beautiful.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2008
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

February 29, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2007

Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 1, 2007
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

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

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm.

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

September 1, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 19, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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

| Original Score: 3/5

June 29, 2004
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2004
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Give it a try. It might change your life.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
Matt Glasby
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Variety Staff
Variety
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Overwrought and overthought.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 11, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Visually stunning but dramatically inert coming-of-age tale

| Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2005
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