The Rocketeer Reviews

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December 2, 2019
At the end of the day, The Rocketeer works because it's paying homage to the Saturday matinee serials.
July 19, 2018
A fantasy adventure in the manner of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and for the most part it works.
June 21, 2018
Undeniably, Rocketeer's overall trajectory is pleasing and winning, but it lacks the quirky charms and personal idiosyncracies that endeared other big-effects films to tot and sophisticate alike.
June 24, 2016
In the quarter-century since its release, as the superhero blockbuster has become a cornerstone of mainstream moviemaking, it's become clear that 'The Rocketeer' is a model of the form - breathless, energetic, and endlessly entertaining.
January 29, 2012
A charming adventure tale, in the spirit of 1930's serials, The Rocketeer is a fun ride.
December 29, 2011
One of Disney's most underrated films, and I can't for the life of me figure out why, unless it's the absence of a big-name star.
December 29, 2011
A charmer in its gee-whiz, irony-light resuscitation of the movie serials of the '30s. [Blu-ray]
December 27, 2011
While The Rocketeer never crashes, it's a bumpy ride of cartoonish characters, a flimsy plot and an overall sense of letdown.
December 20, 2011
It's not as dark or as edgy as Tim Burton's Batman films, but it's still cleaner and more digestible. It's not a deep story, but it's full of fun nostalgia and action.
June 20, 2011
A beautifully directed, high-flyin' production, teeming with all sorts of classic Hollywood encounters and bizarre comic book touches...Connelly is mesmerizing -- a stupendous act of casting that elevates the room temperature of the picture.
June 1, 2011
Almost never takes thrilling flight.
January 1, 2011
More Deco-era style than substance -- but fun.
July 16, 2010
Energetic, but the script is routine.
July 6, 2010
A piece of blandly enthusiastic, B-movie pulp.
April 18, 2007
The result is a movie that looks nice and moves along efficiently, but offers little reason for anyone to watch.
Top Critic
April 18, 2007
This $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains, 1930s Hollywood glamor, and dazzling special effects.
April 18, 2007
The whole thing is good-natured enough, but increasingly mechanical.
June 24, 2006
Neat idea, peachy visuals, but there ain't much else to grip the imagination.
November 6, 2005
October 9, 2005
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