• 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

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

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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We cringe and laugh at -- and are ultimately moved by -- their clumsiness and innocence. And it endears us to the Rambo films in ways we never could have anticipated.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 16, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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With apologies to Mr. Stallone, no one would ever argue First Blood was an essential part of any healthy childhood. But the ability to make-believe certainly is.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2008
Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
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Son of Rambow is an inventive and amusing coming-of-age movie that deftly entwines elements of farce and fantasy, rebelliousness and sentiment, while paying seriously funny tribute to the transcendent power of art.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 16, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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These two boys have, along with writer-director Garth Jennings, turned a coming-of-age story into a treatise on both the fragility of artistic vision and the danger of popular opinion.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

May 16, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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After the movie, I imagined its writer-director, Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) being more than a little like Will, and the movie uncannily similar to one of Will's comic epics.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Sweet and sentimental, a bit racy to be a kids' film, a bit tame as grown-up entertainment, Son of Rambow is still a magical romp about childhood discovery and the birth of a lifelong love of the movies.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2008
Eric D. Snider
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Son of Rambow is filled with small surprises and treasures, a veritable bounty of delight.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

May 13, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The rapport between the two rogue cineastes is enough to carry both films: the one they're making and the one Jennings is trying to make.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Milner and Poulter are a lot of fun to watch, a pair of first-timer naturals who don't reek of Dakota Fanning Young Actorliness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A joyous, touching story of friendship, mischief and imagination.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2008
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Few movies have captured the intoxicating effect of pop culture on kids better than Son of Rambow.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I can't imagine a better movie for children and adults to enjoy together.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 9, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's an absolute delight.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2008
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
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The kid-heavy cast tends to substitute enthusiasm for subtlety, but the way they throw their hearts into their games just makes it easier to get drawn in.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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All part of growing up, an experience Son of Rambow portrays with genuine insight.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 8, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A noble effort, but it just kind of falls apart.

May 5, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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First-time actors Milner and Poulter are gifted and natural.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An '80s coming-of-age comedy with more energy than ideas.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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That unashamed passion for movies explains why, even when it gets a little too sweet in its final scenes, Rambow remains true to itself and to Will and Lee's friendship.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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For a film about falling in love with the movies, its insights on them are next to nil.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 2, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It never makes the mistake of condescending to its audience by turning its tykes into overgrown adults. The childhood experience feels emotionally accurate.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 2, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A likable, lightly sticky valentine to childhood.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 2, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Son of Rambow maintains just the right tone throughout with its guileless, makeshift charm.

May 1, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 30, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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While writer-director Garth Jennings is smart enough to realize he can't merely traffic in nostalgia, the subplots he devises are painfully predictable.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

April 30, 2008
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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Son of Rambow evokes the rush of discovery that turns budding cinephiles into lifers -- that delight in finding a film that seems to express or coalesce some inchoate yearning, including a yen to share.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 30, 2008
James Berardinelli
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The tone is light and unpretentious and it offers an opportunity for some '80s reminiscing. Ultimately, however, it's forgettable, disposable entertainment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2008
Ben Walters
Time Out
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Integrates its slapstick genre pastiche into a thoughtful story about peer pressure, neglect and yearning

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

February 3, 2007
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Son of Rambow is pumped up with all the right kids' ingredients: slapstick, fantasy, alienation and severe adult authority figures. But screenwriter and director Garth Jennings has slammed them all together with little cohesion.

January 26, 2007
Robert Koehler
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Bright and witty physical and optical visual touches spill off the screen, though the use of effects is scaled to the tale.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2007
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