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Rocket Science Reviews

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James Berardinelli
August 7, 2007
The problem with Rocket Science is that the character at the center of the drama isn't very energetic or, truth be told, interesting. This makes it difficult at times to remain engaged in the unfolding tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
This indie-minded effort suggests a filmmaker too enamored by his influences and struggling to establish a cogent vision of his own.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 14, 2007
I thought it was cloying, self-congratulatory and irritating.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2007
Quirky, quirky, quirky goes Rocket Science. Round, round, round roll my eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Please, enough with Napoleon Dynamite Syndrome already.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 2007
[Director] Blitz has succumbed to that most pernicious of Sundance afflictions: pandemic quirkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
February 13, 2008
Rocket Science is a story smothered by its own eccentricities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 29, 2007
Blitz let the story tell itself in Spellbound; this time, he's trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Melin
August 23, 2007
It is not always a deal-killer to step outside the trappings of realism, but the bland visuals don't match the precious absurdity and profound rapid-fire dialogue of the high school kids, so the film rings false and tries too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
August 16, 2007
Destined to be severely overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 25, 2007
...a slight coming of age tale with some natural moments, yes, but also with obvious humor (when there is any), racist undertones, and an underwhelming lead. Rocket Science never made me crack a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 10, 2007
The thing the film lacks -- besides originality -- is a character arc that keeps the audience interested.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 28, 2007
Needlessly cruel comedy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 2007
Why filter such a personal story through the attitudinal tics of Wes Anderson and Napoleon Dynamite, especially if you're going to do it with about one-third the skill?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 23, 2007
Thompson is an engaging young actor who keeps things grounded when Blitz gets a little too precious with his ironic premise and self-consciously offbeat characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2007
Borrowing from too many movies to count, Rocket Science botches that brew in an unwieldy slew of adolescent-angst clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
September 28, 2007
It isn't funny; it isn't touching; there's a screamingly annoying and supercilious voiceover-narration, and all its dramatic ideas are bafflingly unfinished and unresolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 6, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 15, 2007
Enough about Rocket Science is genuinely endearing that it comes out okay in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2007
It may gross as little as Welcome to the Dollhouse or as much as Clueless, but whichever it does, it's in the same league.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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