• 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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Variety Staff
Variety
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Overwrought and overthought.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 11, 2007
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2004
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 21, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 2/5

July 3, 2003
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Visually stunning but dramatically inert coming-of-age tale

| Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2005

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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2003
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
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2004
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Beautiful.

| Original Score: 4/5

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

| Original Score: 3/5

February 29, 2008
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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

| Original Score: 3/5

June 29, 2004
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