• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Garth Jennings
    In Theaters:
    Jan 22, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 26, 2008
  • Paramount Vantage

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Son of Rambow Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Heather Huntington

A feel-good family flick that doesn't pander to the younger members of the equation.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 7/10

September 8, 2008
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

This is a winner, a film to which you can safely take your kids and enjoy yourself.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 5, 2008
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)

Waffles between heart-on-its-sleeve candor and winking self-awareness.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 5, 2008
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Though the film is primarily designed to appeal to viewers in the early-teen demographic, a maturity and intelligence is at work here that will connect with many adults also.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 5, 2008
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

The script is not so much written as assembled, anecdote by anecdote. As a result, you never quite settle in.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

It's a mildly startling choice of subject matter, but Jennings takes for granted that even the most innocent cineastes have their sadistic side.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

This quite charming film does have a strangeness about it; you feel that not all the pieces fit comfortably together.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It may not all work but Son of Rambow is a totally original and really sweet film with an ultra soft heart

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 29, 2008
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Jennings and Goldsmith's kid-fueled '80s film proves as inspiring as it is inspired.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The boys' video project is modern enough to stand in contrast to the brick and tweed of the locale, but rather than glossing over that uncomfortable fit, Jennings highlights it with a one-man Flock Of Seagulls.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

June 9, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an uneven film, but a special one that earns its ahs.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

June 6, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

If you, too, are a son of Rambow, or are from the era of The Lone Ranger or even the Power Rangers, this movie calls to you.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Jennings has crafted a work that beautifully -- and humorously -- evokes childhood and the impact of movies on children.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 3, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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Jennings is clearly having a wonderful time recreating the fantasies of his youth, but sometimes his perspective get a little too inbred, and the picture suffers for it.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 30, 2008
Bill Gibron

Wistful and a little wonky, playfully recreating a fanciful early '80s UK summer, Son of Rambow definitely feels like someone's personal experiences reinterpreted for public consumption.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 30, 2008
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The word is that even Sly Stallone gave this film a blessing, marking one of the few times that the guy involved with the likes of Judge Dredd and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot has displayed a modicum of good taste.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's pretty good-natured, sweet and rather goofy.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

May 23, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The young performers, especially Milner and Poulter, are engaging without being cloying.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 23, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A funny, worthy film that -- unlike Sylvester Stallone's one-man army -- loses focus before it completes its mission.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

May 23, 2008

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July 14, 2011
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