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Bubble Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2006
It's not really interesting enough to warrant a regular run. But it's worth a one-shot 73-minute outing on the program of your local festival.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 26, 2006
While Bubble may be read as an admirable attempt to wrestle reality television away from the hacks, the story is so flat and transparent in the telling, so empty of psychological mystery and depth, it skates dangerously close to condescension.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Both self-sufficient and utterly incomplete
Edward Douglas
January 25, 2006
Soderbergh creates a ludicrous crime drama that may as well have been redubbed Law and Order: Boring as Sh*t.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
January 31, 2006
What's unclear at the end, unfortunately, is why Soderbergh really bothered with this one.
Willie Waffle
January 26, 2006
who wants annoying Oscar caliber talent when you can have a lady who holds the secrets to the Colonel's 11 herbs and spices?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 25, 2006
Thrifty but also skimpy at 73 minutes, Soderbergh's movie ambitiously focuses on movie-rare Americans ... but never wonders what makes them tick.
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Gene Seymour
January 26, 2006
Ultimately, it's Bubble's flatness that lingers and leaves your sympathies frozen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2006
The plot isn't really more than a situation, with a few vaguely condescended-to characters who shuffle about wide-eyed and open-mouthed.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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January 27, 2006
As the plot unfolded along the lines of a conventional melodrama, I couldn't help thinking: In addition to health care and a living wage, don't the working poor deserve makeup, wardrobe, decent lighting, and some heart-skipping drama?
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January 27, 2006
At times it's so mind-numbingly dull, it becomes funny. But it's not a feature film. I'm not really sure what it is.
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2005
Oozes an anonymous contempt sadly appropriate to director Steven Soderbergh's post-Limey artistic downward spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
September 20, 2005
Among Soderbergh's worst films.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jay Antani
January 26, 2006
staggeringly clueless
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 3, 2006
A drab Southern drama about lives of quiet desperation and the people who lead them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 21, 2005
Often feels like a bootleg version of Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, with the same conflicted female central character who eventually pays for her sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
An embarrassment to all concerned, the film was written, directed and produced by Soderbergh for reasons that are not readily apparent.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2006
Despite its refreshingly straightforward style and compelling performers, the movie feels encased in an invisible, filmy membrane of its own. Soderbergh keeps his characters on one side of the wall and his audience on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 14, 2005
Anybody looking for Ocean's Thirteen is going to be sorely disappointed.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
October 15, 2005
It's clear that Soderbergh is attempting to depict the banality in blue-collar work, but he does it by making the people themselves banal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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