Son of Rambow Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 29, 2008
The tone is light and unpretentious and it offers an opportunity for some '80s reminiscing. Ultimately, however, it's forgettable, disposable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 5, 2008
A noble effort, but it just kind of falls apart.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 29, 2008
I was not so engaged as to be moved . . . and felt impatient at the lack of dramatic pace
David Stratton
The Australian
September 12, 2008
It's a fun idea, but quite awkwardly staged and, in the end, not particularly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 4, 2008
SON OF RAMBOW is full of ideas and imagination, but I think Jennings buries himself with all of his ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 3, 2008
A number of young boys attended the screening I went to, and none of them seemed to be quite sure when they were supposed to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 18, 2008
...relies heavily on an audience's boys-will-be-boys tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 2, 2008
An '80s coming-of-age comedy with more energy than ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 23, 2008
The movie doesn't know if it wants to be a kid's movie (it's not), or just a prepubescent reverie. Either way "Son of Rambow" is a slapdash story told in a slapdash way.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 8, 2008
Flatly ignores any kind of joy-of-filmmaking themes and instead takes the standard coming-of-age route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 16, 2008
You know the Sundance drill: Eventually, the whole school is caught up in their good-natured artistic high jinks, and all involved learn the heartwarming lesson that there's a place in the world for a group of loners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
May 9, 2008
Like a lot of those home movies we made as children, Son of Rambow has the best of intentions and a great set-up, but the ending falls apart.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 1, 2008
As raw and a flight of adolescent fancy as Saturday Night Live's "Lazer Cats!" skits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 2, 2008
A tedious movie about kids making an amateur film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 20, 2008
It's subversively eccentric and poignant but lacks the punch that fully fleshed-out characters and a more cohesive story could deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 8, 2008
An almost unbearably tedious kidpic about two fatherless boy opposites using Rambo as a role model.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 22, 2008
Its heart is surely in the right place. Yet so much of it just doesn't work...that it's hard to get very excited about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2008
The team who made The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy display plenty of whirligig energy, if not much control or lightness of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2008
Plenty happens, but little of it advances the action, until the finale, which is lovely, but would have been a lot lovelier after 35 minutes, not 90.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 5, 2008
Jennings and Goldsmith make good with the implications of their pseudonym [Hammer & Tongs], treating the proceedings as the world's biggest, baddest science project.

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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