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Bubble Boy Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A fun and oddly entertaining twist on the road trip film.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
December 11, 2007
The film is only sporadically funny, and it's frequently in poor taste, but it's got energy to spare, and Gyllenhaal's performance gives it a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rebecca Murray
December 17, 2002
Bubble Boy is a strange, bizarre, twisted romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 5, 2002
(Bubble Boy) squanders its strongest moments but at least has the courage to attempt strong moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dan Via
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Hayes shows a deft touch with both cartoony slapstick and character-based comedy and manages to create moments of real poignancy in between.
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
Despite what his mother taught him, despite the evil and injustice he encounters in the world, little Jimmy Livingston is kind and understanding and tolerant of others. That's the moral.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 2, 2001
The most underrated film of the year. While it's not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, it is a comedy that had me laughing hard and often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 27, 2001
Words that come to mind...are politically incorrect, subversive and anarchistic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 25, 2001
bright, frantic, innocent, occasionally gross, wickedly observant and just plain nuts
Full Review | Original Score: B
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 24, 2001
If you're looking for Schindler's List here, please stay home.
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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 24, 2001
Has a goofy and over-the-top way of making its point, but as long as you're not stuck on it fitting a particular mould, it's a fun - and meaningful - ride.
| Original Score: 74/100
Top Critic
Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
August 24, 2001
You may be surprised at how closely it resembles Pee-wee's Big Adventure in spirit.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2001
It's impossible not to respond to Gyllenhaal's sweetness, wide eyes and dazzling smile, or to imagine anyone whose looks or personality would be more perfectly suited to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary Kalin-Casey
August 24, 2001
Both sweet and satirical, with a na´ve hero in the mold of Tim Burton's more tragically tinged Edward Scissorhands.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
August 24, 2001
Has a heart that swells as big as Jimmy's plastic prison.
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 24, 2001
Buried under all this nonsense appears to be a message about acceptance and viewing people as individuals.
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2001
It's got a brain that occasionally works, a ticker that sometimes pulses, and a nose intermittently keen to the whiff of hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
August 24, 2001
Utterly stupid and devoid of any redeeming features, Bubble Boy manages to be much better than it has any right to be.

E! Online
August 23, 2001
You won't bust a gut laughing, but there are some good cracks in this silly story.
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Todd McCarthy
March 27, 2009
Andrew Rodgers
February 25, 2004
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 2, 2004
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 15, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 15, 2002
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
August 30, 2001
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