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Bottle Rocket is Reservoir Dogs meets Breathless with a West Texas sensibility. Read critic reviews

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In Wes Anderson's first feature film, Anthony (Luke Wilson) has just been released from a mental hospital, only to find his wacky friend Dignan (Owen C. Wilson) determined to begin an outrageous crime spree. After recruiting their neighbor, Bob (Robert Musgrave), the team embarks on a road trip in search of Dignan's previous boss, Mr. Henry (James Caan). But the more they learn, the more they realize that they do not know the first thing about crime.

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Luke Wilson
Anthony Adams
Robert Musgrave
Bob Mapplethorpe
Andrew Wilson
John Mapplethorpe (Future Man)
James Caan
Abe Henry (Mr. Henry)
Teddy Wilson
Hector Mapplethorpe
Jim Ponds
Applejack
Barbara Boyle
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James L. Brooks
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Richard Sakai
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Michael Taylor
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Mark Mothersbaugh
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Robert D. Yeoman
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David Moritz
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Critic Reviews for Bottle Rocket

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  • The performers look like they're having a lot of fun, but there is a great deal of skill on display.

    February 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility.

    March 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • [Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots.

    March 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Bottle Rocket was conceived as a low-budget family affair -- it has more Wilsons than the Beach Boys -- and outside of a few cult-intensive pockets of fandom, that's where it's likely to end up.

    March 4, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking.

    March 4, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes.

    March 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 11, 2018
    Despite losing focus after a while and overstaying its welcome, Wes Anderson's feature debut was already an early showcase of his impressive talent and great eye for compositions, offering us enough unpretentious amusement for as long as it lasts and reaching a hilarious climax.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2014
    Before Wes Anderson would cement his reputation as a unique director with such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, he would direct Bottle Rocket, his first feature film that would feature many of his later trademarks that would make his work what it is. The film has a very good story and terrific cast, and Anderson has a keen eye crafting a picture with charm, and memorable, interesting characters. With this directorial effort, his ideas that would mature in following films are here, but at times there are aspects of the film that could have been reworked a bit. Nonetheless Wes Anderson direction is very good, and he proves that he would mature greatly as a filmmaker following the release of this film. Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson are great here, and they have good chemistry, and it adds so much to the film's enjoyment. Anderson is a unique filmmaker and with Bottle Rocket he makes a film that blends all sorts of elements into one film, and the script here is well thought out, and amusing, and the finished film is engaging from start to finish. However, I much preferred The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and of course, Moonrise Kingdom, which for me is my favorite film from Wes Anderson. With that being said, Bottle Rocket is definitely a film that is sure to appeal to Wes Anderson fans, but it's also a film that never fully realizes its ideas, and makes a significant impact, simply due to the fact that Anderson would perfect his craft throughout his career. Bottle Rocket is good fun, but it does leave room for improvement.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2014
    Containing that classic Wed Anderson characterization while failing to maintain his best movies' zippy momentum, Bottle Rocket is a decently funny but mercilessly meandering crime comedy.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2013
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