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Rushmore Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 17, 2014
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 17, 2014
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.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
March 17, 2014
A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 17, 2014
There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
March 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 17, 2014
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
March 17, 2014
Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
March 17, 2014
A gloriously inventive little comedy about the scholastic and romantic woes of a 15-year-old student at a private academy.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
March 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 17, 2014
An inspired second feature from director Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson, the picture shares the offbeat rhythms and disarming humor of their overlooked debut, Bottle Rocket.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 17, 2014
The hint of genuine pathos [Murray] brings to Rushmore tempers Schwartzman's brash, sometimes off-putting antics, gracing an already great comedy with surprising depth and heart.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
March 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
March 17, 2014
Rushmore is accurate enough on the teen-angst front to make you wince, yet whimsical enough to make you want Max to win.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
March 7, 2014
One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 21, 2012
Bill Murray projects a seriocomic intensity here comparable to Charlie Chaplin's classic Little Tramp.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
December 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Probably of more interest to adults than to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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