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Rushmore (1998)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4

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



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"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



Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson

Jun 29, 1999

Touchstone Pictures

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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.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A gloriously inventive little comedy about the scholastic and romantic woes of a 15-year-old student at a private academy.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Just when you expect the film to do something normal, it takes off like Murray -- riffing on reality as only he, and filmmaker Anderson, can.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

It's somehow fitting that in this Maxcentric universe, Rushmore exists as a satirical comedy, full of dry wit and adolescent absurdities, and a bittersweet valentine to manipulative misfits who actually find the love they deserve.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Bill Murray -- playing a depressed millionaire -- steals every scene in this quirky, edgy and very funny tale of an outsider who just might end up leading all those who laugh at him.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Rushmore is accurate enough on the teen-angst front to make you wince, yet whimsical enough to make you want Max to win.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Bill Murray projects a seriocomic intensity here comparable to Charlie Chaplin's classic Little Tramp.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Rushmore may have shades of J.D. Salinger's writing and Hal Ashby's movies, but Wes Anderson pulls humor from the trickiest of situations and always manages to surprise.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

Probably of more interest to adults than to teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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November 1, 2013
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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.
August 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

Rushmore does have a bit of aptitude in the comedy. The script, albeit painfully unrealistic, was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, who also worked as a screenwriting duo for Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums. Although Wilson's humorous style is far different when he is seen as an onscreen comic, the setup offered in the script itself is quite a hoot; starting out, we see the perfect assessment of quirk. How unfortunate that circa thirty minutes later, the characters have become a result of an obsessive toying with exaggerated personalities traits. It's mind-numbing and confusing. In slight digression, the film clocks in at 90 minutes-credits exclusive-and nearly fifteen of those minutes aren't very necessary at all. The film could have ended far better at the 75-minute mark, at which point the plot's steam is barely hissing away. The additional quarter hour is a failing attempt at trying to construct a catharsis of an epilogue. Had Max Fischer not been ruined so much, it would have been successful, but we simply don't care about his story any longer. Now the steam is chugging profusely. Only that ending I would go as far to call a waste of time; the rest, a mere pseudo-intellectual misadventure.

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September 4, 2012

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This is an off-kilter, but good movie. The unique screenplay's quirky/fast-paced humor, along with Murray and Schwartzman's performance, really carries this film. Other than those two aspects, however, there is not much else to this movie.
June 29, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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    1. Max Fischer: Tell that stupid Mick he just made my list of things to do today.
    – Submitted by Jason K (8 months ago)
    1. Max Fischer: A kid got his finger blown off during rehearsals.
    – Submitted by Kia M (17 months ago)
    1. Max Fischer: Hello Magnus. I'd have shot you in the other ear, but it got blown off a long time ago.
    – Submitted by Kia M (17 months ago)
    1. Magnus Buchan: I guess you're right. The son of a "brain doctor" doesn't need to impress anybody.
    – Submitted by Tyler H (17 months ago)
    1. Max Fischer: Piranha's are a very tricky species.
    – Submitted by Tyler H (17 months ago)
    1. Rosemary Cross: Although, I will say that Edward has more spark, character, and imagination in one fingernail than Herman Blume has in his entire body.
    2. Max Fischer: One dead fingernail.
    3. Rosemary Cross: Right. One dead fingernail.
    – Submitted by Rolf J (18 months ago)
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