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

Son of Rambow Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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November 18, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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May 30, 2008

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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May 16, 2008

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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May 16, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
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May 16, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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May 16, 2008

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 | Original Score: B
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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May 16, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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May 14, 2008

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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May 13, 2008

Son of Rambow is filled with small surprises and treasures, a veritable bounty of delight.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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May 9, 2008

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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May 9, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 9, 2008

A joyous, touching story of friendship, mischief and imagination.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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May 9, 2008

Few movies have captured the intoxicating effect of pop culture on kids better than Son of Rambow.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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May 9, 2008

I can't imagine a better movie for children and adults to enjoy together.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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May 9, 2008

It's an absolute delight.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
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May 8, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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May 8, 2008

All part of growing up, an experience Son of Rambow portrays with genuine insight.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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May 5, 2008

A noble effort, but it just kind of falls apart.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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May 2, 2008

First-time actors Milner and Poulter are gifted and natural.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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May 2, 2008

An '80s coming-of-age comedy with more energy than ideas.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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May 2, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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May 2, 2008

For a film about falling in love with the movies, its insights on them are next to nil.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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May 2, 2008

It never makes the mistake of condescending to its audience by turning its tykes into overgrown adults. The childhood experience feels emotionally accurate.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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May 2, 2008

A likable, lightly sticky valentine to childhood.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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May 1, 2008

Son of Rambow maintains just the right tone throughout with its guileless, makeshift charm.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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+
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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April 30, 2008

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 | Original Score: 2/6
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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April 30, 2008

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.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Ben Walters
Time Out
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February 3, 2007

Integrates its slapstick genre pastiche into a thoughtful story about peer pressure, neglect and yearning

Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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January 26, 2007

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.

Robert Koehler
Variety
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January 25, 2007

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