Rushmore Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Rushmore is] structured like a comedy, but there are undertones of darker themes, and I almost wish they'd allowed the plot to lead them into those shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Rushmore is intended to be hip and funny, but it's not really either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
[It] could be fun, but it never seems to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
January 1, 2000
Unsuccessfully walks the line between intellectual and physical comedy, but does have many genuinely funny moments
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Rushmore is a film with a lot of promise. Unfortunately most of it gets wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Peripheral characters cannot change what is at its core a hollow effort.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
[Rushmore is] overblown with despicable and unfunny plot twists which create the illusion that audience members are seeing something worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
...Anderson has an idiosyncratic sensibility, the rare ability to create a world that is completely his own. Unique worlds, however, can be off-putting enough to discourage civilians from spending time there.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The charm is a little too forced, the story barely believable, and its allure overly-calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
...the quirkiness seems a little forced, a little overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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July 18, 2007
What I wanted was a larger perspective, something more insightful than the one-thing-after-another existential whimsy.
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
Director Wes Anderson never lets the audience in as to whether he sees this story as humorous or pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
... a movie about overt passion -- passion that is genuine and deserved as well as passion that is a kind of mask.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Probably of more interest to adults than to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
One of the best films of 1998, possibly one of the best American comedies since The Graduate or Annie Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 18, 2007
A wickedly funny high school comedy for most of its running time, Rushmore is a bracingly fresh and original outing.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 13, 2007
Moments of classic slapstick rubbing elbows with moments of painful candor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Rushmore has a good deal of content and human qualities to spare, but what makes it such a charming and satisfying experience is its style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 10, 2003
Rushmore is no ordinary movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 17, 2014
The droll, anarchic prep school comedy Rushmore finds director Wes Anderson and screenwriter Owen Wilson affectionately chronicling the efforts of a precocious misfit to carve out a niche in a harsh, illogical world.
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