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Bottle Rocket Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2014
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.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
March 4, 2014
[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
March 4, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2014
Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
March 4, 2014
With a wild-card character like Dignan, he could be either the most original character in many a moon -- or never convincing. Wilson, with his cockeyed grin and rapid-fire delivery, comes off as a young Dennis Hopper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2014
Wes Anderson's 1996 first feature (before Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) is fresh, character driven, often funny, and unfashionably upbeat (as well as offbeat).
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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly
March 4, 2014
The title refers to cheap fireworks that fizz before they flame out quietly, and that's what three Southwestern slackers do in this amiable heist movie-cum-road flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 4, 2014
Even as you laugh at these guys, you feel an overwhelming sympathy for them. Sensing that they love each other, you want their dumb, dysfunctional lives to work out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
March 4, 2014
Caan does a funny cameo as the local crimelord but the film belongs to Anderson's co-conspirator Wilson, whose wired performance leaps off the screen.
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David Rooney
Variety
March 26, 2009
Full of surprising warmth and charm, unexpected plot turns and droll characters that bounce off each other in refreshing ways, this genre-defying Columbia pickup may struggle to overcome its lack of an obvious marketing handle.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Starts and finishes strong, but, somewhere in the middle, it loses its focus and its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A grueling, numbing black hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I can't recommend the film -- it's too unwound and indulgent -- but I have a certain affection for it, and I'm looking forward to whatever Anderson and the Wilsons do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A mildly facetious tone limits Anderson's film to the lightweight, but the collective enthusiasm behind this debut effort still comes through.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A little deal, this movie is like a bottle rocket itself: a big bang for the money.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Gets by on quirky charm and slacker chic -- but just barely.