• Unrated, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kim Mordaunt
    In Theaters:
    Jan 10, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 29, 2014
  • Kino Lorber


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The Rocket Reviews

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Inescapeable hopelessness turns out to be neither

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2014
Deborah Ross
The Spectator

[It's] a feel-good, triumph-over-adversity story involving a small boy and, although this outcome also isn't in any doubt, at least the journey is fascinating and it's been made with a heart that is warm.

Full Review Source: The Spectator

March 13, 2014
Alex Doenau

The Rocket was designed as a crowd pleaser, and it does that: it combines the danger of the unknown with the safety of feel-good narrative expectations for film festival success, and perhaps even general release victory.

Full Review Source: Trespass

December 17, 2013
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

The Rocket won't change anyone's world, but as a pleasantly sweet piece of world cinema, it's still worth seeing and being charmed by.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

March 4, 2014
John Oursler
Village Voice
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A coming-of-age tale infused with fantastic elements that more than compensate for its predictability.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2014
Andrew Frisicano
Time Out New York
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Kim Mordaunt's when-life-gives-you-land-mines tale is light on well-drawn characters, but its performances, especially from the nonprofessional junior members, more than light the fuse for the finale.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 2014
Erik McClanahan
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In some ways, it feels like a throwback to many '80s teen movies, where everything comes down to a competition at the end, and the hero will finally get the chance to prove his worth.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2014
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

Endearing, gripping and heartwarming, The Rocket recently won the "World Narrative Competition" prize at Tribeca, and it's easy to see why. The picture is crowd pleasing and enjoyable, but admiringly respectful and carefully considered.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

May 3, 2013
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

The particulars of Laos's historical conflicts are sometimes only obliquely confronted, but the torrid past of covered-up wars palpably echoes through the scarred yet majestic landscapes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2014
Adam Lowes

This utterly charming, fable-like coming of age tale will live longer in the hearts and minds of audiences.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

March 13, 2014
Tara Brady
Irish Times

Try not to fall off the edge of your seat during the film's nail-biting final scenes.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2014
Liam Maguren

A first [feature] for both Mordaunt's filmography and the country's catalogue of internationally-released titles and it's difficult to imagine a debut being stronger.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2014
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

A true original, depicting a culture rarely filmed, observed with a respectful but never overly reverential eye.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 29, 2013
Simon Miraudo

Crowd-pleasers come in many mysterious packages, and there might not be a bigger crowd-pleaser this year than The Rocket; a disarming fable about a makeshift family desperately seeking a place to live in a ravaged Laos.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2013
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

It has a great story to tell and subtly mixes the comedic and dramatic genres. Some moments will leave you smiling. Other moments will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 27, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

An extremely rewarding and entertaining film made all the stronger for the integrity and cultural details that underpin it.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 29, 2013
Don Groves
Film Journal International

...an immaculately crafted, visually stunning and affecting rite-of-passage drama

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 3, 2014
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

A hugely enjoyable, thoroughly infectious feature debut.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 4/5

August 25, 2013
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald

The Rocket is a thoroughly infectious yarn set among the jungles of Laos.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The characters may be clichés, but the performances are utterly fresh.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 9, 2014
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