Rushmore (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rushmore (1998)




Critic Consensus: This cult favorite is a quirky coming of age story, with fine, off-kilter performances from Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.

Movie Info

"Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school. He is the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, chess club, and practically everything else. Max is applying for early admission to Oxford. Harvard is his safety. However, he is also one of the worst students in the school. Threatened with expulsion, Max begins a new pursuit: falling for a first-grade teacher. But when Max's tycoon mentor starts an affair with the teacher, it triggers a war between Max and his friend.more
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Touchstone Pictures


Jason Schwartzman
as Max Fischer
Bill Murray
as Mr. Herman Blume
Olivia Williams
as Miss Rosemary Cross
Brian Cox
as Dr. Guggenheim
Seymour Cassel
as Bert Fischer
Mason Gamble
as Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka
as Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole
as Magnus Buchan
Luke Wilson
as Dr. Peter Flynn
Deepak Pallana
as Mr. Adams
Andrew Wilson
as Coach Beck
Marietta Marich
as Mrs. Guggenheim
Ronnie McCawley
as Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley
as Donny Blume
Adebayo Asabi
as Mr. Obiamiwe
Connie Nielsen
as Mrs. Calloway
Colin Platt
as Boy Portraying Frank...
George Farish
as O'Reilly
Eric Weems
as Willie
Dalton Tomlin
as Wrestler
Kim Terry
as Mrs. Blume
Ella Pryor
as Woman Back Stage
Antoni Scarana
as Small Boy Artist
Brian Tenenbaum
as Contractor
Thayer McClanahan
as School Reporter
Patricia Winkler
as Mrs. Whitney
Manning Mott
as Mr. Holstead
Donny Caicedo
as 40 Ounce
Ali Ktiri
as Benjamin
Michael Maggart
as Concierge
Ed Geldart
as Security Guard
David Moritz
as Dynamite Salesman
J.J. Killalea
as Tommy Stalling
William Lau
as Mr. Yang
Lucille Sadikin
as Mrs. Yang
Steve Eckelman
as Tennis Pro
Danny Fine
as Coach Fritz
Kumar Pallana
as Mr. LittleJeans
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Critic Reviews for Rushmore

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (27)

Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything -- from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography -- fits perfectly.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rushmore

Looking back, Wes Anderson's 'Rushmore' is full of some kind of youthful exuberance that is lost in his later films. It's not as tightly wound as any other Anderson film (except Bottle Rocket), but that's not a point of detriment. All of the characters are grappling with loss, yet their melancholy is hidden under a thin veneer of dry comedy, delivered perfectly by Schwartzman and Murray. It's a wonderful film that appeals to the eccentric youth in all of us.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


An adorable and refreshing comedy that works so well due to the captivating performances by Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, while proving to be very well directed and relying on this unique, quirky sense of humor that is part of Wes Anderson's trademark style.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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